Tight end/fullback Evan Rodriguez was in uniform and practicing on Tuesday during the Bears’ final week of OTA’s, days after he was arrested for a second time this offseason, this time for allegedly driving will under the influence.
His situation may be fluid, however.
For one thing, Bears general manager Phil Emery added with emphasis the word “extremely” to his expression of disappointment with Rodriguez, the Bears’ fourth-round draft choice in 2012.
“We have talked. I’m disappointed,” Emery said. “I would use the word extremely and we’ll leave it at that.”
Leaving it at that does not signal an end to the Rodriguez case, however. The NFL investigates these types of incidents, after which the team can also impose discipline.
“There’s a lot of things that we’ve got to work through,” Emery said. “All off-the-field incidents are subject to NFL policies and guidelines, so we’ve go to work through those things.”
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Rodriguez clearly needs to work through some things in the Bears’ eyes. He was talked to after his first offseason incident, in Miami for a subsequently dismissed misdemeanor, and issued a statement of apology after this recent situation.
He said all the requisite things on Tuesday.
“First of all, I apologize to the whole organization and my family and my teammates,” he began. “I know I made a poor judgment that night. I also have to earn my teammates’ trust back and the coaches’ trust back, so I can say a whole bunch of words, but I have to lead by my actions.”
Rodriguez, who is not working with the No. 1 offense at this point, acknowledged that “I just have to face the music. Anything that’s going to happen I just have to handle it and be a man about my whole approach about everything.”
As far as how he will go about handling matters, Rodriguez said it was a matter of “just being more responsible and I have to hold myself more to a higher standard and be more accountable for my actions.”