First Desmond Clark disappeared from the starting lineup and then from the 45-man game-day roster. The veteran tight end, who before this season had started 99 of 105 games since 2003, doesn't know why he hasn't been in Mike Martz's plans and isn't about to ask the offensive coordinator why.
"If you ask for explanations and it's not what you want to hear or you don't think it's legitimate that's when you get frustrated," said Clark, who has caught one pass for 12 yards this season. "I just go out to practice and let that speak for me. I can control the things I can control. That's what I rest on. I can control what I do out on the practice field. I can't control the personnel decisions."
Despite ranking second all-time among Bears tight ends with 242 receptions, Clark has always been known as a solid blocker, which is what made him being inactive for the 17-3 loss to the Giants on Oct. 3 such a surprise. With Brandon Manumaleuna and Greg Olsen getting most of the playing time, the Bears allowed 10 sacks, including an NFL-record nine in the first half.
Clark was inactive last week and tight end Kellen Davis active for a second straight week.
"You have to understand that if you are not starting for us right now, special teams is a major reason why for a lot of things," Martz said. "So it's not an indictment against anybody, other than one guy's really involved in special teams and one is not. That's the biggest consideration. "People read more into that sometimes than what's really there."
Earlier, Clark said he did not think special teams play was a primary factor in Martz's decision. The 12-year-veteran also said his lack of playing time isn't performance related.
"It would be more frustrating to me if I couldn't get the job done and I felt that and I knew that and they weren't playing me," he said. "For me, that would be more frustrating because that's on me."