Doctors tell Brandon Marshall his hip is 'great'

Brandon Marshall's hip is 'great,' all systems go for Week 1

9/3/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall gave a scare to Bears fans and fantasy owners alike when he said last week that he was not as far along in his recovery from hip surgery as he had hoped. The surgery was expected to be minor, and concerns over his rehab were thought to have been relieved long before he shocked us with his comments. Marshall then took a four-day leave of absence for what head coach Marc Trestman deemed "personal reasons." The fear was that the volatile mind of Marshall had acted up, leaving him upset with the team, and possibly dealing with an injury.

Blog Photo - Doctors tell Brandon Marshall his hip is 'great'As it turns out, Marshall's four-day absence from training camp was for a "previously scheduled follow-up appointment after offseason hip surgery." It's not something that many people would consider a "personal reason," but maybe Trestman has the same penchant for drama as Marshall does.

Marshall returned to practice on Monday with good news regarding his troublesome hip - he said that doctors told him that his hip "is great" and "in great shape." Those who have yet to draft their fantasy teams, as well as those who have already drafted Marshall, have nothing to be worried about. Marshall appears to be all systems go for Week 1, just as we thought he would be before his surprising comments.

A player who frequently finds ways to fit the bill as a stereotypical diva receiver, it looks like Marshall was looking for attention by voicing concern over his injury and his dissatisfaction with his team. Marshall should be at full strength when the Bears kick off against the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend, and he should continue to eat up targets from quarterback Jay Cutler. Despite the recent scare, Marshall remains a very realistic candidate to finish second among receivers in fantasy points this season, behind Calvin Johnson, of course.
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