BOURBONNAIS — On a day when the Bears had already lost No. 3 wide receiver Marquess Wilson to a broken clavicle, Martellus Bennett briefly strayed from his day job as a tight end to WWE wrestler.
Nearly two hours into Monday’s practice, which was moved from 3 PM to 11 AM because of the threat of inclement weather, Bennett was brought down by his shoulder pads by top pick Kyle Fuller after the rookie made a clean play by breaking up a pass in the tight red zone drill. After hitting the ground, Bennett (6-6, 265 pounds) immediately bounced up, first shoving Fuller (6-0, 190) before body slamming Chicago’s prized rookie.
Several of Bennett’s teammates, including Brandon Marshall, quickly tried to cool off the mercurial tight end. Coach Marc Trestman then abruptly ended training camp’s ninth and easily most eventful practice.
“I come to training camp for one reason and that’s to prepare to win a championship,” said Bennett. “Every single play I’m scratching and fighting for it. … I’m probably one of the most violent people on the field. … I’m going to continue to play the way I play.”
The Bears’ common goal – winning the Super Bowl – became more difficult with the loss of Wilson. They’re lucky Bennett’s temper, which would've lead to an ejection and possible suspension in a real game, didn’t result in further unnecessary injury on Monday.
O-line finally intact: For the first time in 2014, one of three offensive lines in football to start all 16 games in 2013 had its top five blockers in place. Kyle Long was back in his familiar right guard post to begin team drills, which featured a lot of run plays early. Long seemed to hold up well, though he rotated in and out later in drills with Michael Ola, which was to be expected as Long works on his conditioning. It's worth noting that occasional sixth starting offensive lineman Eben Britton remained out with a hamstring injury.
Briggs nicked up: In addition to Marquess Wilson’s injury, starting “WILL” Lance Briggs knocked knees with another player, according to coach Marc Trestman, limiting Briggs for the duration of practice. He was seen later walking outside of the cafeteria without a noticeable limp. Briggs was active prior to the injury, including meeting fullback Tony Fiametta in the hole for one of the day’s bigger collisions.
Special teams installation: The Bears added several new wrinkles to special teams drills, including onside kicks, free kicks and field goal returns. In the more traditional drills, Weems and Sherrick McManis were first-team gunners on punts; Ryan Mundy and Kelvin Hayden lined up outside on kickoffs.
Attendance report: Safeties Chris Conte (shoulder) and Craig Steltz (groin) remain on the physically unable to perform list. Cornerback Tim Jennings (quadriceps) and Britton also remained out. Defensive end Jared Allen and running back Shaun Draughn were again excused for personal reasons.
Highlights: Prior to his injury, Wilson had the day’s biggest catch, a go route in which he blew by Charles Tillman before running under a well-placed Cutler sideline throw. … Cornerback Isiah Frey notched the defense’s lone takeaway, picking off a telegraphed throw over the middle by Jimmy Clausen. … Alshon Jeffery showed off his strong hands on two sideline throws, including high-pointing a Cutler pass over Hayden to move the chains on third-and-long.