According to John Fox, police presence last week was, “for the safety of [the] building.”

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Chicago Bears head coach John Fox informed that the local police presence in connection with the release of veteran defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff was, “for the safety of [the] building.”

“That’s why you have security,” Fox said. “That’s why things are in place. Sometimes if you think you need that, that’s what you do for the safety of your building.”

Apparently the Bears asked Ratliff to abandon the building because they considered the player was in no condition to practice that day. After this the player returned multiple times before leaving for good.  Ratliff was seen arguing with general manager Ryan Pace in front of Halas Hall.

A police car remained parked at Halas Hall for the rest of Wednesday afternoon to make sure Ratliff did not return to the building, and it remained on high alert through Thursday.

Fox made the decision to part ways with the 34-year old Ratliff, “in the best interest of the team.”

“Like everything, you evaluate. Every decision we make is what we feel is in the best interest of the football team,” Fox said.

Ratliff, a four-time Pro Bowl selection in Dallas, was described by the Bears as their best defensive lineman throughout the preseason. But his contributions to the team this year were limited after the league suspended him for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The player was suspended for three weeks, and was not able to play week four because an ankle injury. Three days before the incident at Halas hall, the player suffered a minor neck injury in the Bears loss.

Fox referred to Ratliff situation as “Anybody that doesn’t really meet our expectations and we think will help us moving forward,” Fox said. “I think we’re disappointed in really anybody that we have to release and move on from.

“Every situation is individually different. Like all our personnel decisions, regardless of who or whose name’s on it, it’s what we feel is best for the football team and his was no different.”

Free agent Ziggy Hood was signed to boost the defensive line.

 

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