Brandon Marshall says he’s finally at full strength
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com June 4, 2013 11:02PM
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall catches a pass during the Bears' NFL football practice Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Lake Forest, Ill. Marshall returned to the field after his rehabilitation from hip surgery. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Brandon Marshall said he’s healthy for the first time in two years. So those Bears records he set in 2012 — 118 catches and 1,508 receiving yards — came on a bad hip.
Marshall participated in the Bears’ offseason training activities for the first time Tuesday after undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery in January.
“It’s been affecting me for two years,” Marshall said. “I’m excited to see what I can do fully healthy, and also there are some little things that I’ve been watching on film of myself.”
Marshall was limited Tuesday, and he said he likely will be again next week at the mandatory minicamp. This past hip scope also wasn’t Marshall’s first.
“It’s just a scope. I’m excited that that’s all it is,” Marshall said. “But I have to be smart, continue just to rehab throughout the season and throughout the rest of my career. But I’m just thankful that we caught it and it’s in a place where it’s a non-weight-bearing part of the bone. That’s good.”
General manager Phil Emery liked how Marshall looked.
“He looked good with his feet and his routes,” Emery said. “As we build toward vet minicamp next week, it’ll be exciting to see him get more reps as he goes.”
After being ticketed for DUI last week, fullback Evan Rodriguez promised changes.
“It’s just being more responsible, and I’ve got to hold myself to a higher standard and be more accountable,” he said.
Emery wasn’t happy with Rodriguez’s latest run-in with the law.
“Evan is a very likable guy,” Emery said. “We have talked. [I’m] disappointed. I would use the word ‘extremely,’ and we’ll leave it at that.”
Former No. 1 pick JaMarcus Russell is one of four quarterbacks the Bears will work out Friday, according to ESPN. Russell last played in the NFL in 2009.
◆ Reserve tight end Gabe Miller was suspended for the first four games next season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing-substances policy.
Miller already was a long shot to make the 53-man roster with Martellus Bennett, Steve Maneri, Fendi Onobun and Kyle Adams in front of him.