BOURBONNAIS — A day after the Bears announced the indefinite suspension of tight end Martellus Bennett, coach Marc Trestman was asked directly to define his philosophy for the culture he’s trying to install at training camp. Trestman was clear his tune hasn’t changed with the messages he has been delivering.
“The overriding philosophy is to get to know each other, to develop levels of trust between each other — coaches and players, players and coaches — and to define our behavior through respect and humility,” Trestman said Wednesday. “We’re going to respect everybody around us. We’re going to treat them in high regard and we’re going to understand what humility means, which is that we’re part of something that’s bigger than ourselves. It’s really that simple.”
Bennett was both fined and suspended after an over-the-top display of rage during practice Monday. Following an aggressive but legal play on the ball by cornerback Kyle Fuller, Bennett attacked the rookie, instigating a skirmish that convinced Trestman to call off the final 10 to 15 minutes of practice.
The Bears remain in contact with Bennett but have not offered specifics on when they’ll green light his return, labeling his status as “day to day.” Trestman wants to make sure the tight end understands the environment the Bears are trying to create around respect, humility and working toward a greater good.
“If you understand the definition of those three things and you love football and want to play it and are a baller, we’ll find a place for you,” he said. “We’re also in a position where we don’t expect everybody to understand that immediately. That’s a process. That’s a transformational process. It doesn’t take one week. It doesn’t take one month. It may not take a year. It may take more. But that’s the day-to-day message that we’re sending our coaches and I’m sending to our players.”
Banged up: Starting right tackle Jordan Mills and right guard Kyle Long missed practice with injuries, ailments that are notable if not yet significant. Mills is dealing with soreness in his left foot, the same one he broke in the 2013 season finale. He said the discomfort wasn’t serious and expects to play Friday in the exhibition opener against the Eagles.
Long, meanwhile, spent Wednesday morning getting treatment on a minor right-ankle injury. Long had missed seven camp practices with a viral infection and his status for Friday is uncertain.
Catching on: Trestman confirmed a report that the Bears brought Santonio Holmes in for a workout Tuesday as they search for depth at receiver following the injury to Marquess Wilson (broken collarbone). Holmes, who has 381 career catches for 5,963 yards, had offseason foot surgery and was released by the Jets in March.
The Bears did not sign him after his workout, reaching a contract agreement instead with Greg Herd.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun