Bears Notes: Bennett ‘Day-To-Day,’ Draughn Impresses
(CBS) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett on Wednesday missed practice for the second straight day as he remains indefinitely suspended for his aggressor’s role in an incident with rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller on Monday.
Bennett isn’t in Bourbonnais after being sent home, though he did hear from Chicago coach Marc Trestman on Tuesday.
“It was a very positive conversation, and we just touched base with each other,” Trestman said. “I’ll just leave it at that.”
Trestman hasn’t yet said what Bennett needs to do to return to the Bears, who open the preseason Friday against the Eagles at Soldier Field.
“I’m going to leave it as day-to-day,” Trestman said of Bennett’s playing status for Friday. “We’ll see how things are tomorrow … We’ll talk today and see where we are with him.”
Battling for the backup job, Dante Rosario and Zach Miller have seen bigger roles at tight end in Bennett’s absence.
Draughn still impressing
While his name has flown under the radar and he certainly won’t steal many touches away from Matt Forte, Shaun Draughn has been impressing in camp as he pushes for the backup running back spot against Michael Ford and rookie Ka’Deem Carey.
“He’s been consistent throughout the course of camp,” Trestman said of Draughn. “He’s a veteran. He understands the game. He’s played in systems similar to ours. I think that’s helped him.
“He’s certainly in a position to be in the running for the second position … Anything earlier than that would be premature.”
Holmes works out for Bears
Trestman confirmed an ESPN report that free agent receiver Santonio Holmes worked out for the Bears on Tuesday, but there’s been little movement on that front since.
In fact, Trestman didn’t watch the workout live and hadn’t even seen video of it yet.
“That’s something for our personnel department at this time,” Trestman said.
The Bears are looking for someone to step into the No. 3 receiver role after Marquess Wilson went down earlier this week with a fractured clavicle. His recovery timeline isn’t yet known, but the Bears did sign Greg Herd on Tuesday night. Herd was undrafted free agent in 2013 who hasn’t appeared in an NFL game.
As for Holmes, he’s certainly a bigger name with a productive past, but he only has 43 catches over the past two seasons and angered some in the Jets organization before his exit from New York.
The Bears hadn’t ruled anyone out for Friday’s preseason opener who’s been participating in camp, Trestman said.
As for Wednesday’s practice, guard Kyle Long (ankle) and tackle Jordan Mills (foot) sat out with minor injuries. Defensive end Jared Allen was excused from practice as he and his wife recently welcomed their second daughter.