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Marshall will study CB Taylor before facing favorite team

Updated: September 20, 2013 4:20PM

During the 2006 AFC Championship Game, Brandon Marshall sat in his dorm room at Central Florida, wearing a Steelers blanket and cheering for his childhood team against the Broncos.

Three months later, he was drafted by Denver.

“I was like, ‘Oh, sorry guys,’ ”
the Bears wide receiver said Thursday.

Marshall grew up in Pittsburgh before moving in fifth grade. But he held his allegiance to the team the Bears play Sunday night.

“I’m excited to get back there and play in the city where I grew up cherishing the Steelers,” Marshall said.

He might do so with some discomfort, and not just because of the pressure of finding more than 40 tickets — and counting — for family and friends.

Marshall’s back stiffened up toward the end of practice Thursday.

He was removed “just to be cautious,” coach Marc Trestman said. Marshall likely will be limited today.

Marshall hasn’t played in Pittsburgh since 2006, when he was held without a catch as a rookie.

The wideout said he “disrespected” cornerback Ike Taylor by not doing film study before a Dolphins-Steelers game in 2010. This week, Marshall has watched his two Broncos games against the Steelers to get a better handle on Taylor.

“He’s a technician, he’s smart, he’s always in the right spot,” Marshall said. “Sometimes we think it’s all about having supernatural ability. But it’s not.

“Sometimes when you have your technique down and you really know your game plan and you know what you’re supposed to do, that’s better than having a guy that’s all-world.”

Injury update

Cornerback Charles Tillman did not practice for the second straight day because of a lingering knee injury.

Guard Kyle Long (back) and tight end Martellus Bennett (shoulder) participated in full.

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell practiced in full for the first time since suffering a Lisfranc sprain in August but might not be ready by Sunday. Linebacker Jarvis Jones (heel) was limited, and cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) sat out.

This and that

Bennett played catch with Trestman after practice, calling it “a little father-son” time. The coach laughed, praising Bennett’s dad.

“He doesn’t need me to be his father,” Trestman said, “but I appreciate the compliment.”

◆ Marshall compared the Bears’ balance to that of his old Broncos teams.

“That’s what I’m used to,” he said. “It’s finally happening.”


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