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Bears give Brandon Marshall a long weekend

Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett, Matt Blanchard AP

Brandon Marshall may be feeling frustrated about his hip after offseason surgery, but the Bears are going to give him some time to sort out whatever else might be bothering him.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Bears coach Marc Trestman is giving Marshall a four-day excused absence, which will keep him away from Thursday’s preseason finale.

This was a planned-out miss today for personal reasons,” Trestman said. “I let him go for personal reasons. But something that has been part of the offseason plan since started training camp.”

Asked if it was related to Marshall’s medical situation, Trestman said the two weren’t related, insisting it was scheduled well in advance.

“I’d rather just leave it to personal reasons out of respect to Brandon,” Trestman said. “But it’s all good. As I have said, when I let guys go for personal reasons, it’s all good. It’s not reflective of anything other than I gave him time off. He will be back on Sunday.”

Marshall’s clearly having some difficult time in camp, as quarterback Jay Cutler said: “Conditioning-wise he’s a little behind. He knows where to be. It’s just a matter of him getting out there and pushing his hip through things when it gets tight a little bit.”

But paired with his apparent uneasiness about his role, it seems an unusual time for a vacation.

Given Marshall’s singular importance to the offense and the trickle-down consequences (Cutler in a contract year really needs him well), his physical state and his frame of mind are worth keeping an eye on.

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24 Responses to “Bears give Brandon Marshall a long weekend”
  1. donth8thehorns says: Aug 28, 2013 1:55 PM

    Not looking good! Could the bears be as pathetic as my Vikes will be this year?

  2. coachkilla6 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:00 PM

    This head case is about to blow it. Hopefully he doesn’t beat up his girlfriend and his mother over it…again.

  3. onlythebest36 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:01 PM

    No worries at all. He’ll be back right on point after he has his little Siesta.

    #Bears=NFCNorthBest

  4. doug1grohlin says: Aug 28, 2013 2:01 PM

    Jay will keep him ok. Marshall at 100% is obviously preferred, but Marshall at 75% is still better than most receivers in the league. This will all be forgotten soon enough.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:11 PM

    It’s nothing to worry about. I hear they do this all the time up in the CFL.

  6. prettyflyforawhiteguy1 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:15 PM

    He probably looked at this seasons schedule and said “Crap, we play good teams all season long. Look what happened last year when we stopped play creampuffs and played talented teams – we got smoked and suffered the biggest collapse in nfl regular season history!”

    Love the Bear fans are all pumped about beating up on two of the worst teams in preseason – oakland and san diego. This team has proved year in and out that they crumble against superior talent.

  7. chi01town says: Aug 28, 2013 2:27 PM

    Marshall will be back and ready to play. Cutler will get him the ball and the Bears will have a first round bye
    and win the division with a 12-4 record.

  8. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:38 PM

    Poor guy. I’m told it’s a lot harder to catch when you’re running around in a straight jacket.

  9. 60193sheik says: Aug 28, 2013 2:42 PM

    I love the bears and marshall haters! Not one NFL team wouldn’t love to have Marshall on their team.

    Bearssssssssssssss

  10. hatesycophants says: Aug 28, 2013 2:45 PM

    Maybe the Bears are about to start a new trend with the new regime. Now they’ll be imploding before the season starts.

    Well done, Alouettes South!

  11. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 28, 2013 2:56 PM

    Sounds like Delmas/Houston have nothing to worry about in Chicago.

  12. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 28, 2013 3:00 PM

    I knew Marshall was about to have another meltdown when he started bawling after the Packers whipped them a 2nd time last year.

    After 6 straight losses to Green Bay, I think the rest of the team has just learned to live with the inevitable.

  13. gbmickey says: Aug 28, 2013 3:48 PM

    The clock has started and counting down on the ticking time bomb.

    Bear fans you are as delusional as your bipolar receiver if you think all is well. He is already complaining about the offense and is sent or allowed to go home for 4 days prior to the season? Yeah all is well.

  14. beckhruby says: Aug 28, 2013 4:02 PM

    Marshall didnt have a meltdown, he’s taking some personal days which may or may not be related to his physical limitation with the hip. Dumb packer fans come on here to spew something that has absolutely nothing to do with the story itelf. Sounds like their M.O. Have another one drunken-sconnie.

  15. squared80 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:45 PM

    Probably ran into a glass table…

  16. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 28, 2013 5:33 PM

    Uh oh . Something smells and it ain’t roses.

  17. cadillacjosh says: Aug 28, 2013 5:37 PM

    It’s really quite stunning that people rip on a guy with a personality disorder.

  18. thelastpieceofcheese says: Aug 28, 2013 6:40 PM

    Did he leave on a straitjacket?

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 28, 2013 9:36 PM

    cadillacjosh says:
    Aug 28, 2013 5:37 PM
    It’s really quite stunning that people rip on a guy with a personality disorder.

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    Who said anything about Cutler?

  20. chi01town says: Aug 28, 2013 10:38 PM

    I see we have cheese fans @gbmickey and @filthymcnasty1
    well let me be the one to shut both of them up. Why didnt Rodgers play in the dress rehersal game? 3 downs aint enough. but we will get back to Rodgers later. NOW The packers dont have a O-line, NO #1 WR on the team at all. just two soft role players Cobb and Nelson and they stay hurt. here are the worse two words a packers fan want to hear READ OPTION. or maybe just 49ers. NOW back to Mrs Braun did she throw a TD pass yet this season? I dont think so.

  21. dino2997 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:45 AM

    So many comments from the haters on a player having a long weekend on labor Day weekend. Really?!? Pretty sad.

  22. dooz76 says: Aug 29, 2013 8:57 AM

    I’m a Bears fan and yes I am concerned. This guy puts up monster numbers wherever he plays yet those teams were willing to let him go, hell miami basically gave him away. The signs are there for another meltdown I hope he can overcome them

  23. chi01town says: Aug 29, 2013 9:33 AM

    @gbmickey and filthymcnasty
    go home too cheese bay and I wont
    get started on that mess you call a team. TOO LATE..
    1. green bay has the worse O-line in football right now.
    2. I belive Rodgers is hurt right now.
    Why? because the 3rd preseason game is dress rehersal for the season. Rodgers played 3 downs when he should have played most of the game. we will get back to Rodgers.
    3. Who is the #1 WR on that team? they dont have one. Cobb and Nelson is always in a race to see who can get put on IR first.
    4. A FAT RB wont save this team NOT against this schedule.
    5. every OC in the NFL knows Dom Capers cant stop the read option and the 49ers cant wait to smoke
    green bay
    6. WHY IS RODGERS LOOKING IN RYAN BRAUN’S EYES? after he turned down a date with Miss America. I will NEVER let this one go
    NOT EVER!

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 29, 2013 9:50 AM

    @ chi01town says:

    (incoherent rant)

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    Maybe you can bum some lithium off Marshall.

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