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Brandon Marshall earns points with teammates

Updated: October 29, 2013 11:41PM



There was a time when Brandon Marshall would have lashed out at Brandon Meriweather, who on Monday called the Bears wide receiver a girlfriend-beater.

Marshall’s teammates are glad those days are gone.

“We’ve all made mistakes,” quarterback Jay Cutler said Tuesday. “I’ve made mistakes. Every guy on this team has made a mistake. So I think Brandon is looking towards the future. He’s learned from everything he’s done in his past.

“And he took the high road. That’s just the guy he is these days. He’s a high-character guy. So I applaud him for that. And everyone on this team supports Brandon on and off the field.”

After Meriweather was suspended one game for cheap shots against the Bears, the Redskins safety delivered another Monday, referencing Marshall’s incidents of domestic abuse. In response, Marshall said he worried about health issues in the NFL.

Said tight end Martellus Bennett: “We’re all trying to grow in some area of life, and I think it’s a good thing for him.

“Just like trees, you never stop growing. You can’t see how much growth they have sometimes, but they’re always growing. He got a little sunshine on his leaves yesterday. So it’s pretty good for him.”

Linebacker watch

Veteran linebacker James Anderson figures to call the Bears’ plays Monday in Green Bay, especially if the other two starters are rookies Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene.

Coach Marc Trestman said the decision to start Greene or seven-year veteran Blake Costanzo at weak-side linebacker will be based on practice performance.

The fear of starting two rookies against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won’t be a deciding factor, Trestman said.

“It’s who can be the best player on that particularly play during that game to play that position,” Trestman said. “Because there’s not just base [defense] involved. There’s nickel involved as well, and how we handle that will be based on game planning and what they’ve done offensively.”

Tillman update

Cornerback Charles Tillman didn’t practice Tuesday but Trestman is hopeful he’ll play Monday.

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