Bears give Brandon Marshall 4 days off for ‘personal reasons’
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Bears Reporter August 28, 2013 11:53AM
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Updated: August 28, 2013 9:33PM
As a close friend of Brandon Marshall’s, tight end Martellus Bennett has a pretty good idea of what the Bears’ record-setting receiver is going through.
“He’s just frustrated more with his body more than anything else,” Bennett said. “When you come back from an injury, you just have to keep working. I’m not really worried about him.”
Marshall seemingly opened Pandora’s box on Tuesday when he said he’s trying to get healthy and was behind on his conditioning following arthroscopic hip surgery in January, in addition to saying that he was still trying to figure out his role in coach Marc Trestman’s offense.
Marshall’s absence at practice Wednesday made things more peculiar. A report even suggested that Marshall was upset with how the Bears were handling the situation with his hip.
As it turned out, Marshall’s absence was because of a scheduled appointment for his hip, per multiple media reports. As part of team policy, the Bears and Trestman said his scheduled absence was for “personal reasons” to protect Marshall’s privacy.
“Brandon is accustomed to executing and playing at a high level, and being the perfectionist that he is, his expectations of himself are very high. Anything less than elite is unacceptable to him,” Marshall’s agent, Kennard McGuire, said in a statement.
“As far as not being there, this has been planned with the Bears and Brandon long before [Tuesday]. Any other suggestions, thoughts or implications are all divisive and unfair to Brandon and the Bears organization.”
Trestman said Marshall will return Sunday. It’s also a misconception that Marshall will be missing four days of practice. Like other starters, Marshall wasn’t going to play against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. After that, Trestman said players have weight-lifting on Friday, an off day on Saturday, meetings on Sunday and an abbreviated practice on Monday.
All signs pointed to Marshall’s absence being about his hip. Marshall, who has had three hip procedures since 2009, took to Twitter on Wednesday and said again his hip was the source of his frustration.
“Relax relax,” he posted on Twitter. “Injuries are a part of the game. playing at a high level isn’t easy so getting back there can be frustrating at times. #beardown”
Marshall also took questions from his Twitter followers.
Asked if he would play in Week 1, Marshall replied, “Yes.” Asked to put a percentage on the health of his hip, he said, “Hip is structurally great. All About recovery.”
Trestman even indicated that the team has been cautious with Marshall. He sat out most of the Bears’ offseason training, was given days off during camp and was held out of their first preseason game.
“He’s worked very hard,” Trestman said. “We saw that in training camp. That night at Soldier Field [against the San Diego Chargers] should have given an indication of where he’s at in terms of being ready to play.
“We’ve been mindful of where he’s been at with his hip, tried to measure him in practice accordingly. We did that in camp. We were on three days, off a day. So the day at Soldier Field, we went off the day before so he could work at Soldier Field. So he’ll be back Sunday and should be ready to practice on Monday and get started on Wednesday.”