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Bennett caught seven passes for 37 yards and one touchdown on eight targets in Sunday's 28-20 win over the 49ers.

Bennett accounted for eight of Chicago's 34 targets, getting a bit more attention than usual, likely because Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) were both banged up. Though his long gain went for just 10 yards, Bennett turned in a solid outing, with his touchdown coming on a back-shoulder, three-yard fade in the fourth quarter when he was singled up against safety Eric Reid. Sitting at 15 catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns through two games, Bennett will look to carry his hot start into a friendly Monday Night road matchup against the Jets.

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Bennett had eight catches on 10 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Bills.

Bennett's 12-yard touchdown catch opened the scoring on the Bears' first drive of the season, and he finished the game trailing only Brandon Marshall (12) in targets. The Bears threw the ball 31 more times than they ran it, a ratio that could get a little smaller as the season wears on but probably not by a significant amount. And while Bennett will have to compete for targets with wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, as well as running back Matt Forte, it appears as if there will be plenty of passes to go around.

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Bennett hauled in his lone target for a 25-yard gain in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars.

Bennett had a 67.7 percent catch rate and 7.9 yards per target last season, but his 96 looks were only a smidgen ahead of the 94 drawn by Matt Forte. With Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall both returning, Bennett and Forte will once again be co-No. 3 targets in Chicago's high-powered offense. Bennett's recent team-imposed suspension won't change his role in the offense, but he may be on thin ice, should another incident occur.

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Bennett, who had been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team following a scuffle with teammate Kyle Fuller at practice Monday, has been reinstated by the Bears, ESPN.com reports.

"I understand what they want from me," said Bennett, who rejoined his teammates Sunday. "I feel like I could've handled the situation differently." As a result of his suspension, Bennett -- the team's starting tight end -- was held out of Friday's preseason opener against the Eagles, but we could see him back in action Thursday, when the Bears take on the Jaguars.

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Bennett (suspension) was held out of Friday's preseason opener against the Eagles.

It remains unclear when the coaching staff will welcome Bennett back into the fold after he slammed rookie defensive back Kyle Fuller to the ground during Monday's practice, but the tight end has already attempted to make amends for his conduct, talking with coach Marc Trestman over the phone on Tuesday. Bennett's absence from the preseason game allowed his backups to get some extended action, with Zach Miller (six catches, 68 yards, two touchdowns) shining the brightest of the group.

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Though Bennett -- who suspended and fined by the Bears on Monday night -- missed his second consecutive practice Wednesday, coach Marc Trestman indicated that the tight end hasn't been ruled out for Friday's preseason opener against the Eagles, ESPN.com reports.

Bennett, who the Bears suspended for an undetermined length of time following a scuffle with rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller at practice Monday, spoke on the phone with coach Marc Trestman on Tuesday, a discussion characterized by the coach as "very positive." With regard to Bennett's potential return to the field, Trestman indicated that he is going to "leave it as day-to-day."

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Bennett has been fined and suspended for an undetermined amount of time for conduct detrimental to the Bears' team, NFL.com reports.

Bennett's discipline comes in light of him reportedly taking plays off during practice, much to the annoyance of his teammates, as well as Monday's incident that saw Bennett slam rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller to the ground. While chippy intrasquad play during training camp is hardly uncommon, Bennett's attack led the Bears' coaches to end practice prematurely. At the moment, it's unclear how long Bennett will be away from the team, but he'll need to clean up his act before Chicago welcomes him back.

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Martellus Bennett was held to one catch for 15 yards in Chicago's Week 17 loss to the Packers.

The one-catch afternoon was Bennett's first in nine games. Signed through 2016, Bennett finishes his first season in Chicago with an excellent 65/759/5 line. Although his fantasy value is fairly touchdown dependent, Bennett will return as a low-end TE1 in 2014. Every position is valuable in coach Marc Trestman's offense.

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Martellus Bennett had five catches for 85 yards in Sunday night's Week 16 loss to the Eagles.

He was targeted eight times, behind only Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Bennett nearly had a touchdown on a 30-yard catch in the third quarter, but was pushed out of bounds at the one-yard line. Despite averaging five catches and 66 yards over the past three weeks, Bennett hasn't found the end-zone since Week 12. He'll continue to play a major role in the short passing game for Week 17 against the Packers.

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Martellus Bennett caught six passes for 71 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win at Cleveland.