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Bears’ Brandon Marshall plans on playing it safe with hip
BOURBONNAIS — Minor hip surgery in January made wide receiver Brandon Marshall a spectator for nearly all of the Bears’ on-the-field offseason training. But it won’t hold him back at training camp.
Still, Marshall will be cautious.
“ No limitations, but we’re gonna be smart,” Marshall said Wednesday. “I’m going on my eighth year (and have) had a few hip surgeries. Nothing major, but at the same time, we start playing games in September. So that’s what I’m preparing for.
“It’s important to get out there with your teammates, build that chemistry, learn the offense, get reps. But at the same time, if I’m not healthy, all that doesn’t matter. So I’m going to listen to my body, and go as it tells me.”
Marshall didn’t think his lack of participation would hinder his understanding of the coach Marc Trestman’s complicated offense. He said he used unique ways to get “a lot of mental reps.”
“I took a lot of chess pieces and drew up plays,” Marshall said. “I walked through plays with chess pieces. So I just did whatever I could to stay in it mentally, a lot of creative stuff. It was pretty cool in the offseason.”
General manager Phil Emery said he expects every player to receive medical clearance for the first practice on Friday. Like Marshall, second-year receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) also missed most of the offseason training regime.
“You always have situations that come, but right now Brandon is healthy,” Emery said. “We anticipate that he’ll fully pass his physical, that he’ll pass his conditioning test and that he’ll practice on Friday.”
Trestman also isn’t overly concerned that his No. 1 and No. 2 receivers haven’t been on the field much together He said he liked that quarterback Jay Cutler got a chance to work with other receivers.
“What it amounted to was an opportunity for us to get a good look at some of the younger guys or newer guys against some of better players on the defensive side of the ball,” Trestman said. “There’s things we can control as coaches. We can’t control when guys aren’t in there. It’s part of football.”