Marc Trestman: Brandon Marshall’s four-day absence “planned-out” with Bears
However, coach Marc Trestman insisted there was no need for panic since the Bears had long since planned to give the Marshall four-days off to rest from team activities.
"This was a planned-out miss today for personal reasons," Trestman said after Wednesday’s practice. "I let him go for personal reasons. But something that has been part of the offseason plan since training camp started."
This means Marshall will not be in uniform for the preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday and will return to the team at the end of the weekend, only to practice again on Monday.
When further pressed on whether Marshall’s absence was related to his surgically repaired hip, Tretsman continued to deal with the situation as a coincidence and would not further elaborate on his health.
“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 was sat out nearly the entire offseason program due to hips issues and was only cleared to practice when the Bears reported to training camp in July. On Tuesday, Marshall complained that he felt pressured to make progress in his recovery from January’s hip surgery, his third since 2009, and noted he isn’t quite happy with where it currently stands.
"It's one of those things where you may be rushed a little bit, and some people might think I need to be farther on than where I am," Marshall said. "So it's a little frustrating not being where I want to be right now, and maybe pushed a little bit. So we'll see."
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Marshall missed Wednesday’s practice to attend a pre-scheduled, post-surgery follow-up appointment, which again raises concerns about his hip and availability for the start of the season. But the eight-year pro tweeted out later Wednesday that he was fine and still expects to play in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 8.
"As far as me not being out there today, this is something we've had planned since camp [opened]," Marshall told ESPN.com's Michael C. Wright. "I had some things I needed to do, and I sat down with Coach Trestman and we decided [Wednesday] would be the best time to do it "It's nothing serious, but I'll just keep my personal business to myself."
"Other than the hip, I'm feeling great and life is good," Marshall said. "And my hip's gonna be great, too. But it's all about this recovery, which has been a little frustrating."
Marshall’s agent Kenny McGuire said his client’s frustrations were linked to not being able to play at an elite level since he is a “perfectionist.” McGuire also indicated that any reports suggesting that Marshall’s leave was not planned with the Bears are otherwise incorrect.