A day after claiming his hip, which required surgery this offseason, was not 100%, the Chicago Bears announced Wednesday that Brandon Marshall will not be at Thursday night’s final preseason game against the Cleveland Browns and is excused from the team until Sunday.
Head coach Marc Trestman said after practice on Wednesday, “This was a planned-out miss today for personal reasons. I let him go for personal reasons. But something that has been part of the offseason plan since started training camp.”
While it is very likely that Marshall did have this planned out since training camp, it does seem to raise some eyebrows after the comments he made Tuesday following practice.
“It's one of those things where you may be rushed a little bit and some people might think I need to be farther on than where I am,” Marshall said Tuesday. “So it's a little frustrating not being where I want to be right now and maybe being pushed a little.”
That statement from Marshall makes it sound as though the team has been asking too much of him and he feels that he may be getting over worked. While that certainly can be true, the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs tweeted out a quote from Marshall from June in which he said, “100% now. I’m ready to go. They’re holding me back. (Athletic trainer) Bobby (Slater) is holding me back.”
The reference to being held back was due to the team not allowing him to participate in the team’s OTAs while he was still rehabbing from the hip surgery he had in January.
It is very plausible that Marshall did feel 100% at the time but now the rigors of Training Camp and the preseason has left him at less than 100%. But, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted out Wednesday, “WR Brandon Marshall is upset Bears have not taken his concerns about his hip injury seriously.”
Schefter’s tweet could merely be speculation or based off of hearsay, but if true, it should cause a bit of concern considering Marshall has had his share of clashes with coaching staffs during his time with the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins.
The arthroscopic surgery on his hip in January was the third different time Marshall has had a hip procedure, the two others being in 2009 and 2010. Marshall has been extremely healthy in his seven-year career, missing just five games, but considering that his hip is still a lingering issue and he has voiced his concern, it could wind up being something problematic in 2013.
The silver-lining is that amidst all of this talk, Marshall has still been an active participant in practices as well as being on the field for the team’s last two preseason games. Even if Marshall is not 100% going forward, he is still head and shoulders above the other receivers on this team and is still expected to start on opening day against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Once he hauls in his first catch on September 8th, much (if not all) concern will likely go out the window.