Bears’ Brandon Marshall pulled out of practice with tight back
“Brandon had a very good practice,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “Then, at about the middle to late practice (he) tightened up a little bit,” Trestman said. “Just to be cautious, we pulled him out of practice…He walked around, moved around. As I said, just to be cautious."
Marshall is one of the Bears most important offensive weapons, so when news on his back injury got out there was obvious concerns. But seeing how Marshall’s got no history of back problems leading back until recently, the “hope” is that this issue will work itself out.
The 29-year-old Marshall spent most of the offseason rehabbing from hip surgery, stemming from an earlier arthroscopic knee procedure. He last missed a practice due to hip issues on Aug. 28. However, his frustrations with the injury caused a brief commotion during the preseason as Marshall said he felt like he was being “pushed a little bit” by the Bears, coming off hip surgery. Marshall also noted at that point that his hip wasn’t all the way back to 100 percent yet.
His comments resulted in a four-day planned leave from practice by the Bears, to rest up his hip. Marshall returned in good spirits, noting that his recovery was going well and that there was no structural damage to his hip.
However, this time around Marshall won’t feel as if he’s being “pushed” off to an early recovery by the Bears since Trestman indicated that the receiver will limited in practice on Friday. But even if he doesn’t practice Friday, the consensus among the local media is that Marshall will still get the go ahead for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. An injury didn’t slow him down before this season. Marshall leads the team with 217 receiving yards on 15 receptions this season, and scored a touchdown in each of the Bears’ first two regular season games.
However, an update on Marshall’s potential change of status for Week 3 can be expected no later than Friday afternoon.
In the worst-case scenario, if Marshall misses time, six-year veteran Earl Bennett will likely get to start opposite Alshon Jeffery. Bennett, who dealt with concussion issues in the preseason, has only three receptions so far this season.