The Chicago Bears 2014 NFL season got off to a rough start as veteran tight end Martellus Bennett slammed rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller last week during training camp after Bennett took offense to a facemask from Fuller.
The slam wound up costing Bennett 5 days with his teammates as he was suspended by the Bears and did not play in their preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles this past weekend. If you missed the slam that caused Bennett’s suspension, you can watch it in the video below:
Today the Bears reinstated Bennett, and he spoke with the media after practice (Courtesy of Chicago Bears):
I’m very excited to be back, to be out here with the guys, working back to our ultimate goal, which is getting to a championship.
Bennett spoke candidly when he was asked about missing two practices and the preseason game:
It’s always tough. You always want to get out there and do what you do, but it is what it is. I’m happy to be back and get on the field today and run around and fly around. (But) I did everything they asked me to do. That’s why I’m standing in front of y’all right now. Everything they asked me to do I did and I did it exceptionally well.
The Bears will need Bennett to be a big impact on offense this year if they hope to open up the field and make the game easier for quarterback Jay Cutler. If Bennett is causing problems for opposing defenses, that means All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be open.