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Marshall takes high road after Meriweather makes it personal

Updated: December 1, 2013 7:44AM



Bears receiver Brandon Marshall said he will pray for Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather after his remarks referencing Marshall’s past ­allegations of domestic abuse.

Marshall criticized Meriweather for his two illegal hits, including one on him, in the Bears’ Week 7 loss against the Redskins, saying Meriweather “needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely” if he doesn’t end his pattern of making dangerous, injury-causing hits.

Meriweather, who served a one-game suspension for his hits against the Bears after an appeal, responded Monday, telling Washington media: “He feels like I need to be kicked out of the league, I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league, too.”

On ESPN-1000 later Monday, Marshall declined to address Meriweather’s comments about his past. He said he communicated with Meriweather last week, but they “were on two different pages.”

“I just want to see the health of the league get better and for guys to stay healthy,” Marshall said.

“For guys like that, I’m just going to pray for them.”

Meriweather said the league’s stance on high hits will cause him to go low, possibly causing serious knee injuries.

“I’d hate to end a guy’s career, you know, over a rule,” Meriweather said. “But I guess it’s ­better other people than me getting suspended for longer.”

In response to that, Marshall said, “I just feel bad for the guys remaining on their schedule.”

Cutler concerns

Quarterback Jay Cutler (torn groin) didn’t practice Monday but was walking around, throwing the ball and catching some passes. Afterward, Marshall said on ESPN-1000 that “worst-case scenario, [Cutler will] be back for the Lions [on Nov. 10].”

But coach Marc Trestman isn’t as optimistic.

“I’m encouraged of [Cutler’s] sense for how he’s improving,” Trestman said. “I don’t know if that’s a positive sign. We have to stay within the framework [of at least four weeks] that the doctors gave us. I think that is prudent right now.”

This and that

Trestman said the Bears still are deciding who will handle the defensive calls with linebacker Lance Briggs (fractured shoulder) out but that the team is confident rookie Jon Bostic or James Anderson can handle it.

◆ The Bears signed veteran Larry Grant to their active ­roster and officially announced the addition of quarterback Jordan Palmer. Rookie cornerback C.J. Wilson was signed back to the practice squad after being waived. Receiver Terrence Toliver, a final cut from camp, also was signed to the practice squad after Ricardo Lockette was released.

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