No Warren peace for Brandon Marshall
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org September 27, 2012 10:38PM
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Updated: October 29, 2012 7:02AM
Some schisms just can’t be repaired.
Bears receiver Brandon Marshall said Wednesday that he tried to reach a resolution with former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp in their social-media war of words, but peace isn’t at hand.
‘‘If I could do it again, I really meant everything I said, but I think it would have helped [Sapp] more if I would have kept it private,’’ Marshall said.
‘‘I apologize to Warren Sapp for saying that publicly. I meant everything I said, but where I’m at in my life, I need to learn from that and keep that private. It started off as something he said publicly, and then I talked to him a little bit privately over email, and it didn’t go the way we wanted it to. We’ll both learn from this and be better men.’’
Sapp had called Marshall a “retard’’ on “The Dan Patrick Show’’ last week, and after they exchanged emails that did little to clear the air, Marshall posted two videos.
The first was the most vicious. Marshall took shots at Sapp for having filed for bankruptcy, being divorced and having a strained relationship with his children.
‘‘And guys like Warren Sapp, you know, I feel sorry for,’’ Marshall said in the video. ‘‘Hopefully one day he’ll change his life, we’ll pray for him and instead of using words to destroy, he’ll use words to uplift.’’
Coach Lovie Smith said running back Matt Forte (sprained ankle) practiced on a limited basis Thursday and ‘‘continues to get better.’’ Smith held out hope that Forte will play Monday against the host Cowboys.
Defensive end Julius Peppers (coach’s decision), fullback Evan Rodriguez (knee) and long snapper Pat Mannelly (illness) didn’t practice. Wide receiver Earl Bennett (hand) was limited.
For the Cowboys, linebacker DeMarcus Ware (hamstring) practiced. Linebacker Anthony Spencer (shoulder) and nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle) didn’t practice. Safety Gerald Sensabaugh (calf) was limited.
Marshall had nine receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown against the Colts in Week 1, but seven receptions for 95 yards and no TDs in the next two games. And much of that — three catches for 58 yards — came after both games were decided in the fourth quarter.
Marshall said concentration issues played a part against the Rams last week. He had five receptions for 71 yards.
‘‘There were some tipped balls and things like that,’’ Marshall said. ‘‘When it’s a physical game like that, you’ve got to make the plays. I’ll make the adjustments.’’