BOURBONNAIS – Martellus Bennett’s suspension is over, as the Bears’ tight end Sunday was back on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University, and on the practice field.
“I’m very excited to be back, to be out here with the guys, working back to our ultimate goal, which is getting a championship,” Bennett said. “So, it’s good to be back.”
Bennett’s suspension lasted five days and included the preseason opener Friday night against the Eagles. We don't know what exactly coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery needed to see from Bennett during his suspension, but Bennett said he did everything they asked him to do "exceptionally well," and Trestman concurred.
"He did everything we wanted to do in a very positive and professional manner and that’s why he’s back," Trestman said. "He deserves to be back."
As for how Bennett will be in practice, he wasn’t specific, but he has an idea of what Trestman, Emery and the rest of the Bears want to see going forward.
“Now I understand how they want me to practice,” he said. “I’ve always been a guy who practiced hard. I understand what they want from me and just do it the way they want it to be done.”
Trestman also would not divulge exactly what they told Bennett they wanted from him in a practice setting.
"We have a way we cooperate and a way we work and he understands that. He understands it fully," Trestman said. "I think I’ll just leave it at that. He knows what’s expected of him. He’s had time to think about it. I think he’s really done a good job with the time he’s had off. And we’re happy to have him back."
When asked if, in hindsight, he thought he crossed a line when throwing rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller to the ground, Bennett responded, “I think I could have handled the situation differently. … Any way differently than I did.”
While Bennett was away, he watched teammate Zach Miller catch six passes and two touchdowns Friday night and Dante Rosario have a pair of catches. Bennett said watching the game was tough, but he showed some of the qualities of a good teammate by praising his fellow tight ends.
"I thought they played exceptionally well. I think we had over 100 yards as a tight end group,” he said. "To see all those guys get a chance to go out there and do what we’ve been working on together and having them perform at a high level, I was superexcited for them. I thought they played well and I was extremely happy about that.”
As for a lesson learned, Bennett said this is just another example of taking something from any situation.
“I think everything in life is about learning lessons,” he said. “Whatever situation you’re going on through life, you always learn from it, whether it’s good or bad, whatever it may be, there’s always a lesson or a moral to the story.”