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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.

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Martellus Bennett caught five passes for 43 yards in Week 14 versus Dallas.

Bennett saw six targets on the night and secured two passes on the opening touchdown drive. Going up against his former team, the Black Unicorn found plenty of space in the middle of the field where the Cowboys really struggle on defense. He still remains the No. 4 option in the passing game, so this is a pretty standard night at the office for Bennett. He's merely a high-end TE2.

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Martellus Bennett caught four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's Week 12 loss to the Rams.

Bennett drew three looks in the red zone, and had another score overturned by penalty. He displayed some fancy body control on his seven-yard touchdown in the second quarter, ensuring the ball broke the plane of the goal line before falling out of bounds. The score was Bennett's fifth of the season, and first in four games. He'll remain a touchdown-dependent TE1 against the Vikings in Week 13.