Tempers spike as Bears OTA spat interrupts practice

Tempers spike as Bears OTA spat interrupts practice
June 3, 2014, 2:15 pm
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If there was any question about the intensity of Bears OTA sessions, there shouldn’t be now. This one got downright testy.

Coach Marc Trestman called a brief halt to Tuesday’s session after offensive tackle Jordan Mills and defensive end Lamarr Houston got into a fracas that escalated and spilled over to the point of tight end Martellus Bennett needing to be restrained after his helmet came off in the pushing and shoving.

“We’re just competitive guys,” Houston said. “Sometimes get heated out there but it’s nothing personal. Marty’s a good guy.”

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Trestman called the No. 1 offense and defense units together and was unhappy at the wasting of practice time.

“Tempers get flying sometimes but that’s just football,” said Mills, sporting a new mohawk haircut as he returns from offseason foot surgery. “The intensity of the game, push somebody past the limits. When you do that, you make yourself a better player and ultimately the team becomes great.”

Despite the enforced rules against contact, players were taking nothing for granted in the wake of a torn ACL suffered by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee after he was put on the ground by rookie guard Zack Martin.