Marc Trestman won’t ’tellus much about Bennett
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter August 6, 2014 8:29PM
Updated: August 6, 2014 10:47PM
BOURBONNAIS — Day 2 of tight end Martellus Bennett’s suspension came and went Wednesday with no word on when he’ll rejoin the Bears.
Coach Marc Trestman said he had a positive conversation with Bennett on Tuesday night but offered few details as to how he’s doing.
“We just touched base with each other, and we’ll leave it at that,” Trestman said after practice at Olivet Nazarene University. “We did what we said we would do, and that was talk.”
Trestman, though, wouldn’t rule out Bennett — or any player, for that matter — for the first preseason game Friday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field. But even if Bennett wasn’t suspended, he was unlikely to play much.
Trestman reiterated that Bennett’s suspension is a “day-to-day” matter. Plenty of conversations remain on tap for Trestman and Bennett.
“We’ll see how things are [Thursday with Bennett],” Trestman said. “Friday is two days away, and we’ll talk [Wednesday] and see where we are with him. But I just want to leave it at that.”
Bennett was suspended after his takedown Monday of rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller. It was his third altercation with a teammate dating to last training camp.
Bennett’s aggressive move on Fuller also provoked an on-the-field argument with friend and team leader Brandon Marshall.
Quarterback Jay Cutler made sure to meet with Fuller on the field after his run-in with Bennett.
“I was just making sure he’s OK,” Cutler said. “He’s a rookie, and he’s mature beyond his years. He handled himself great. He’s got a bright future.”
Tight ends coach Andy Bischoff and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer expressed an eagerness for Bennett to return, but only if his behavior warrants it.
“He has to manage himself in a way so he can be in every practice,” Bischoff said.
“Everybody on the team wants Marty back,” Kromer said. “We want the right Marty back.
‘‘He had 65 catches last year, and he’s a good person and a good father. We want that guy on the field.”
Bennett’s suspension — and how he reacts when it concludes — figures to remain a storyline for some time. Left tackle Jermon Bushrod said, “You can’t go against what the head coach and management do [in these cases].
“If they feel like [a suspension is] in the best interest of the team [and] the individual, then so be it. We have to learn from it. He has to learn from it. Everyone who is [watching] has to learn from it.”