Friday, January 19, 2018
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Bears suspend Bennett

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Tight end Martellus Bennett was suspended indefinitely by the Bears after an altercation in Monday's practice.

General manager Phil Emery said Tuesday the team "made a decision to fine and suspend Martellus Bennett for an undetermined length of time." He didn't specify the amount of the fine.

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 grabbed the first-round draft pick and slammed him to the ground.

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

Bennett has been involved in practice scrapes in training camp for the past two years. Bennett had a career-high 65 receptions last season.

"I play hard, go hard every single day," Bennett said. "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."

Bennett will not be with the team at camp until the suspension is lifted. Fuller was not punished for the incident.

SNYDER DEFENDS 'REDSKINS': Redskins owner Daniel Snyder told ESPN's Outside the Lines that he doesn't have to bow to pressure to change his team's nickname because it's not disparaging to Native Americans but is a term of honor and respect. In June, the U.S. patent office canceled the team's trademarks on the basis they are "disparaging to Native Americans." On Tuesday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said it is "probably time" for the team to change its name.

RAIDERS: Tight end David Ausberry is scheduled to have knee surgery and miss Friday's preseason opener against Minnesota. Coach Dennis Allen did not disclose the extent of the injury or what knee Ausberry hurt.

RAMS: Coach Jeff Fisher says it is "unlikely" quarterback Sam Bradford, coming off knee surgery, will play in Friday's preseason opener against the Saints.

MODELL GRAVE: Baltimore County Police filed charges against Paul S. Serbu, 61, of Franklin, Ohio, who is accused of urinating on the grave of former Ravens owner Art Modell. Serbu was charged with disorderly conduct in a cemetery, a misdemeanor. Modell died in 2012 at age 87 and is buried at a Pikesville, Md., cemetery. He moved the original Browns to Baltimore in 1996 to become the Ravens.

OBITUARY: Ed Sprinkle, a defensive end for the Bears who was called the "meanest man" in football, died July 28 in Palos Heights, Ill., daughter Susan Withers said. He was 90. Mr. Sprinkle played for the Bears from 1944-55 and was elected to the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in 1984. He was labeled the "meanest man" in football in a Collier's magazine article in 1950.

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