The Chicago Bears are counting on Brandon Marshall to be the player he was a year ago. The wide receiver had a tremendous first season in Chicago, racking up over 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year. He was one of the best receivers in football and now with Marc Trestman calling the shots in the Windy City, fans are expecting Marshall to continue his rise to the top of the game. But the latest reports out of Bears’ camp don’t seem to paint a pretty picture of Marshall’s current status.
The talented wide out is currently away from the team on a four-day excused rest. This announcement came after it was reported that Marshall still isn’t quite 100 percent following an offseason hip procedure (his third since 2009). Trestman downplayed his receiver’s absence, “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 training camp started.”
Marshall has expressed frustrations of not being where he needs to be at this time, but he later downplayed the comments, saying that he’s fine. I, for one, am not completely buying it.
It seems very doubtful that Marshall will miss any time this season, but it also seems pretty clear that he’s not fully healthy. This four-day hiatus has come at an awfully convenient time, and who’s to say that Trestman just isn’t covering for his top pass-catcher?
This definitely isn’t a panic button situation for Bears’ fans, but it can’t make them feel good either. For now, they’ll just have to wait and see how he looks week one…