Bennett on Urlacher’s claim of defenses faking injuries: ‘Every team does that’
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter September 4, 2013 4:13PM
Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (83) runs past Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden (25) during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Updated: September 4, 2013 8:45PM
Martellus Bennett wasn’t surprised by Brian Urlacher’s claim the Bears faked injuries as a tactic to slow down fast-paced offenses.
“Every team does that,” the tight end, in his first year with Chicago after stints with Dallas and the New York Giants, said after practice Wednesday at Halas Hall. “Sometimes, it’s just like when you’re boxing. You get hit too many times, and you want to hold him up against the ropes.
“I think a lot of teams do that. You’ve got to do whatever it takes to win the game.
Safety Major Wright said “at times you definitely can know that the offense is definitely fast-paced and everything, you know, something has to happen.” He said he never stayed down to stop the clock.
“I’m always up,” he said.
Other veterans dismissed the linebacker-turned-Fox Sports 1 analyst’s claim Tuesday the Bears had an unnamed coach who would signal for players to fake injuries.
“We never had a play like that,” defensive tackle Stephen Paea said.
Cornerback Tim Jennings, in his fifth year in Chicago, said the Bears didn’t have a coach designated to give the order.
“Not at all,” he said. “From my whereabouts and my knowledge, I don’t know anything about that.”
Marc Trestman, who until taking the Bears head job this offseason hadn’t coached in the NFL since the 2004, said he couldn’t say if the tactic was rampant in the league.
“I haven’t been a part of that environment,” he said. “Part of it is just doing things within the framework of the rules of the league.
“I really haven’t had any experience in that area before, or been a part of an NFL team where I heard of that happening.”
The Bears won’t do it this year, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said.
“We don’t do that,” he said. “That thought hasn’t even crossed my mind.”