Martellus Bennett Returns to Practice from Suspension


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He’s baaaack.  Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett has been reinstated from his suspension and will join his teammates back at practice Sunday in Bournonnais.

"“Everything in life is about learning lessons,” Bennett said en route to the cafeteria at Olivet Nazarene University at lunchtime. “Whatever situation you’re going on through life, you always learn from it. Whether it’s good or bad, there’s always a lesson or moral to the story.”"

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Bennett was suspended on August 5th after an August 4th dustup with first round draft pick Kyle Fuller.  Fuller took Bennett down attempting to go for the ball and Martellus took offense, body slamming the rookie to the ground.  Bennett was asked on Sunday if he wished he had handled the incident with Fuller differently:

"“I think I could have handled the situation differently,” he said. “We could talk about it right now, but, really, any way differently from what I did.”"

That’s in contrast to the profanity laced interview that Bennett gave to the assembled media members an hour or so after practice last Monday.  Word around camp is that many around the team were not pleased with Bennett’s practice habits and the Fuller incident was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  Now Bennett know’s what’s expected of him:

"“I know, understand the way they want me to practice,” Bennett said. “I’ve always been a guy who practices hard. I understand what they want from me, and just do it the way they want it to be done.”"

After a strong showing by Zach Miller in the preseason opener against the Eagles, Bennett has some ground to make up after missing nearly a week.  Head coach Marc Trestman is expected to address the media after practice.