- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman spoke Tuesday by phone with suspended tight end Martellus Bennett and characterized the conversation as "very positive," adding that Bennett hasn't been ruled out for Friday's preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I did [speak with Bennett]," Trestman said. "It was a very positive conversation. We touched base with each other, and I'll just leave it at that. We did what we said we were gonna do, and that was talk yesterday."
Suspended and fined an unspecified amount by the Bears on Monday night, Bennett missed his second consecutive practice Wednesday as he sits out for a period described as "indefinite" by Trestman and general manager Phil Emery. The club made the move after a fight at practice between Bennett and first-round pick Kyle Fuller in which the tight end slammed the rookie cornerback to the ground after a routine play.
Sources believed the suspension wasn't solely the result of the fight or Bennett's flippant response in the aftermath and described the team's move as a response to an accumulation of transgressions.
In the aftermath of that fight, Bennett slammed his helmet to the ground and yelled at teammates.
He later posted on Twitter: "I go hard every f---ing day. No doubt about that. Not a single ounce of bitch in me."
It's unclear when the club plans to allow Bennett to rejoin his teammates, but Trestman declined to rule out the tight end for Friday's exhibition opener against the Eagles. Emery and Trestman have said Bennett must go through "a process" before he's allowed to return to the field.
"I'm just gonna leave it as day to day," Trestman said. "We'll see how things are tomorrow. Friday is two days away."
Trestman later explained the type of culture the staff hopes to instill during training camp. Clearly Bennett's latest transgression goes against the coach's mantra.
"The overriding philosophy is getting 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. "We're gonna respect everybody around us. We're gonna treat them with high regard. We're gonna understand what humility means, which is we're a part of something bigger than ourselves.
"It's really that simple. If you understand the definition of those three terms -- you love football, want to play it and are a baller -- we'll find a place for you. We don't expect everybody to understand that immediately. That's a transformational process. It doesn't take one week, doesn't take one month. It may not take a year. It may take more. But that's the day-to-day message we're sending our coaches and I'm sending to our players. If we do that, we'll [have] a better chance to win football games. It helps to win football games with that kind of environment."