Brandon Marshall says he’ll be ‘ready to roll’ on Sunday
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter September 2, 2013 8:19PM
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After returning to the Bears from a team-approved hiatus to have his hip examined, Brandon Marshall on Monday declared himself ready for Sunday’s season-opener.
“Structurally, my hip’s in great shape,” the wide receiver said Monday after practice at Halas Hall. “It’s going on eight months (since his January arthroscopic surgery), and I’m ready to roll.”
Marshall, who has had three career hip procedures, said it was “protocol to have a check-up” last week. He was granted four days away from the team, and did not practice Wednesday.
“I’m always concerned about my body,” said Marshall, who had 118 catches for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns last year. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a little scratch …
“Coming off my third hip surgery, structurally, everything is good. The joint is in amazing shape. So that’s exciting.”
Marshall practiced Monday, though coach Marc Trestman said he didn’t take every repetition.
“The plays he was in there, he looked good,” Trestman said.
Trestman said Marshall and the team’s medical staff would communicate each week about his hip.
“He really only knows where his condition is,” the coach said. “When you watch him out on the field, he’s working hard and he’s doing all the right things.”
Whether Marshall is satisfied with his role in the new offense is another question.
One week ago, he said he was “trying to figure out my role and my place” in the scheme. Monday, Trestman said Monday the Bears “don’t see” signs of dissatisfaction in meetings or at practice.
“I was a little frustrated,” Marshall said. “I’m going to be frustrated. I think that’s just human nature.
“There’s going to be some ups and downs this season, but we’ve got to stay productive and efficient and effective in the way we act.
“I’m just excited to be here for Week 1.”
So is his general manager.
“He’s going to get mad at me for saying this, because I have been telling him this all summer: I see a guy that is better than he was last year,” Phil Emery said. “I see a guy that is more dynamic. I see a guy better in and out of his breaks. I see a stronger player. …
“He’s at an elite level for his position in terms of size, dynamic ability, production.
“I don’t see any back off. Actually, I see a better player.”
Emery and Marshall have talked about his concerns.
“That’s just an athlete wanting to be elite, wanting to be the best at his game,” Emery said. “His goal is to be the best wide receiver in the NFL on the best team.
“I’ve got no problems with those goals. I’ve got not problems talking to him about those goals.”
Marshall said Trestman and Emery have been “great” in helping him manage his hip.
“It’s tough playing at a high level,” he said. “When you have surgery, sometimes it gets frustrating getting back to that level.
“We have a lot of amazing things going on here on the field and off the field, and I want to be a part of it.
“At times it can be frustrating, but we made it to Week 1 — and that’s a positive thing.”
Marshall sounded ready to prove himself in a new season.
“That’s the great thing about the NFL,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past — Whether Year 1 or year 7 in your career, all-pro, big contract, Pro Bowls, none of that stuff matters the next year.
“I’m excited to have a clean slate to work toward greatness with my teammates.”