BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The hit from rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller was hard, a tad high and packed enough force that it sent Bears tight end Martellus Bennett to the ground.
Bennett's reaction -- or overreaction -- was explosive and disruptive, packing enough rage that it convinced coach Marc Trestman to call off practice approximately 10 minutes early Monday, pushing the team directly into a walk-through to calm the tension.
That's how a manic day at Olivet Nazarene University ended for the Bears, with Bennett losing his temper after an aggressive strip attempt from Fuller sent him flying.
The veteran tight end sprung up and attacked Fuller, body-slamming the rookie, grabbing his face mask and barraging him with expletives. After Bennett was pulled away and toward the huddle, he erupted again when receiver Brandon Marshall said something in his direction.
"I don't know (what he said)," Bennett said. "You know Brandon."
Trestman did his best to spin the spat as an unfortunate but inevitable camp flare-up.
"We really are a family," the Bears coach said. "Families fight. Families have moments like that. ... These are brief moments in a lot of really good moments of competition and working together. We can make a lot more out of this than we want to. But we're not going to do that here. We address it and we move on."
But Bennett, who spoke to reporters an hour later on his way to lunch, seemed less interested in the head coach's homily on harmony.
"I'm probably one of the most violent people on the field. That's just my style of play," he said. "That's how I play. I'm going to continue to play the way I play. That's what I'm here for.
"Everybody's talking about friendships. Really, we're all preparing for a championship. If we make friends along the way, that's cool. But at the end of the day, I'm just trying to help the Bears win a championship."
Fuller said little about the skirmish, appearing unruffled by Bennett's tirade and ready to flip the page. But the amount of extra energy needed to calm Bennett proved eye-opening with Matt Forte, Lamarr Houston and Matt Slauson among the teammates who pulled the tight end aside to quell his anger.
During the walk-through, Bennett eventually found Fuller and delivered a low-five peace offering. But when a reporter later asked if such outbursts are detrimental to the team's progress, Bennett stopped short of apologizing.
"It's practice. Practice is practice," he said. "I know I sound like Allen Iverson right now, but at the end of the day, it's practice. In practice, (stuff) happens. You learn from it. That's why you practice."
Trestman, who continues to stress the importance of every practice rep at camp, said it wouldn't be appropriate to discuss potential discipline for Bennett in a public setting.
When Bennett was asked whether he might face a fine, he shrugged.
"I can afford it," he said.
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