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Bears Training Camp Digest: Suspensions, injuries, surgery … and Jim Zorn!
So what happened at Olivet Nazarene University on Tuesday? Just disciplinary actions, surgeries, rumors of free agent signings and more:
1. Marty B goes bye-bye
The Bears suspended Martellus Bennett on Tuesday morning, less than a day after he slammed first-round draft pick Kyle Fuller to the ground.
And while Bears players were quick to say how much they loved Bennett — the word “family” was invoked a half-dozen times — most distanced themselves from his action Monday.
One of the most intriguing quotes came from quarterback Jay Cutler, who checked on Fuller after the slam and praised him the next day.
“He’s a rookie, and I think he’s mature beyond his years,” Cutler said. “He handled himself great. He’s got a bright future.”
2. New WR en route?
Marquess Wilson had surgery Tuesday morning to repair a broken right clavicle.
The Bears’ third wide receiver position, meanwhile, remains wide open — particularly after Eric Weems dropped a potential touchdown Tuesday and Chris Williams bobbled a ball in the corner of the end zone.
Trestman said the team will likely sign an outside candidate in the next two days.
“With the loss, we’re going to have to pick up a slot there,” Trestman said. “So we’ll be working on that as we move along. And the competition, with who’s involved now, will continue.”
3. Don’t get hurt
Cutler said the Bears’ first-team offense is hoping to accomplish three things Friday night against the Eagles: no pre-snap penalties, a few first downs and getting off the field healthy.
The Bennett suspension was not a sign the Bears are tired of hitting their own players in practice, he said.
“We’re still getting some good work against our defense,” Cutler said. “I thought they’ve really improved, the defensive front’s flying around. The corners and linebackers are doing a great job. We are ready, but we’re not quite where we need to be yet.”
4. We said, DON’T get hurt
Isaiah Frey, competing for the backup nickelback spot, was taken off the field on a golf cart after, he said, pulling his hamstring Tuesday. He said he stopped suddenly, only for the muscle to “grab” on him.
He will miss time, but hopes to strengthen it.
“Make sure never to come back too early,” he said, “That’s the biggest thing. If you come back too early, you could make it a lot worse.”
Frey said he was having a “really good camp,” having bulked up in the offseason
5. The most eventful practice of the year yields the following notes…..
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall was at practice but not in pads with what Trestman called a “coach’s decision.” …. Trestman said the team will decide shortly which veterans will not play Friday night … Defensive end Jared Allen missed another day for family reasons … Former Redskins head coach Jim Zorn, a friend of Trestman’s since the 1987 NFL strike, visited practice to help evaluate the team’s quarterbacks. … Cornerback Tim Jennings (quad), offensive lineman Eben Britton (hamstring), safety Chris Conte (shoulder) and safety Craig Steltz (groin) remained out.