Chicago Bears suspend Martellus Bennett after practice altercation

Chicago Bears suspend Martellus Bennett after practice altercation
Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, right, speaks with Coach Marc Trestman during a minicamp practice in June. Bennett has been suspended indefinitely following an altercation in practice. (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press)

Tight end Martellus Bennett has been suspended indefinitely by the Chicago Bears after an altercation in practice the day before.

General Manager Phil Emery says the team "made a decision to fine and suspend Martellus Bennett for an undetermined length of time," though he wouldn't specify the amount of the fine.


On Monday, Bennett was taken to the ground with a grab to the shoulder by rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller. The play occurred during a full-pad scrimmage when players are not supposed to be taken to the ground. Bennett responded by getting up, grabbing the first-round draft pick and slamming him to the ground.

Emery wouldn't go into specifics about why the decision was made, saying only, "He was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team."

Neither Emery nor Coach Marc Trestman would characterize it as making an example of Bennett, who has been involved in several practice scrapes this training camp, and a few last year, as well.

"I play hard, go hard every single day," Bennett said Monday after practice. "I'm probably one of the most violent people on the field. That's just my style of play. That's how I play. I'm going to continue to play the way I play. That's what I'm here for."

Hoyer back with Browns' first team

A day after Johnny Manziel took snaps with the Browns' starting offense for the first time, Brian Hoyer was back behind center with Cleveland's first-team unit during 11-on-11 drills Tuesday. With their competition seemingly tighter than at the start of training camp, Hoyer and Manziel had their best days of practice and Cleveland's offense finally clicked.

"I thought there was some good competition out there," Coach Mike Pettine said. "I was glad that the guys responded the way they did."

Pettine had cautioned not to read too deeply into Manziel's one-day promotion, saying it was part of the plan for Cleveland's coaching staff to evaluate the two quarterbacks. Pettine did not reveal who will start the Browns' exhibition opener in Detroit on Saturday.

Saints' owner has trouble breathing

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has been treated and released from a hospital after he had trouble breathing while watching practice at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

A team spokesman said the 87-year-old Benson is "fine" after being given oxygen. Bensel says doctors at a hospital in Lewisburg put Benson through a series of tests and "did not find any issues or complications."

Benson apparently has struggled with the altitude and dehydration at times during training camp in the Allegheny Mountains. The Saints' practice fields are at an elevation of about 2,000 feet, whereas much of New Orleans is at sea level.

Around the NFL

New York Giants running back David Wilson's NFL career is over after two seasons because of a neck injury. The 23-year-old Wilson was told by doctors Monday that he risked more serious problems if he kept playing. ... New York Jets rookie safety Calvin Pryor, who just returned from a concussion, will not play in the team's preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night. "He missed a lot of work," Coach Rex Ryan said, adding that Pryor is physically ready to play. "We'll get him back and get him up to speed for the next one. We kind of waited this long. Let's just get him a fresh start, make sure everything is good." Wide receiver Shaq Evans, a fourth-round pick from UCLA, has a "severe" and nagging shoulder injury that Ryan says "looks pretty bad," and has kept him very limited at camp. Ryan did not rule out putting Evans on injured reserve. ... Philadelphia wide receiver Jeremy Maclin sat out most drills during practice because of leg soreness Tuesday, but said he expects to be on the field Friday night in Chicago when the Eagles open the preseason.