Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) is unable to make the catch against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at O.Co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Marshall Excused from Practice Following Strange Interview

I’m not pressing the Brandon Marshall panic button, but I’m certainly dusting it off and keeping it within arm’s reach.  A day after a strange press conference where Marshall turned a question about Jay Cutler’s comfort in the offense into a venting session about his role in the offense and his physical status coming off hip surgery, Marshall has been excused from practice and will be absent until the weekend. 

Brad Biggs is on top of it as always:



I’m sorry, but my bullcrap meter is redlining after the last tweet.  I could believe that he was excused for a day to get his head right, but to say that being off for 5 days a week before the start of the season was a “planned absence” is ridiculous.

Coach Trestman stands by his man:

“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.”

Biggs points out that last offseason Brian Urlacher’s “personal reasons” for missing camp was to go get an alternative treatment for his bum knee.  Could this be a physical issue or a psychological issue?

Marshall has been the model citizen since being reunited with Jay Cutler after Phil Emery sent two draft picks to the Miami Dolphins last offseason to bring the Bears a much needed #1 receiver.  A big step in Marshall’s personal development was his diagnosis and very public battle with Borderline Personality Disorder.  He’s been very active in the community to advocate for mental health.

Marshall is a key to the Bears offense.  Besides relatively unproven Alshon Jeffery and concussed Earl Bennett, there’s not much going in the receiving corps.  He had 118 catches for over 1500 yards and 11 touchdowns, setting franchise receiving records along the way.

What do you think?  Are you worried about Marshall’s mental state?  Do you think this is a physical problem?

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  • Doug Bosted

    I have a feeling it is a mental problem relating from a physical problem. Even with minor surgery there can be a little bit of a mental block. If his hip is not responding the way he had hoped it would, it could really mess they guy up mentally; especially someone with borderline personality disorder.

  • Sam1966

    This is a mental problem. Marshall was a mess in Miami after his first year and same thing in Denver and it is happening again. The guy is an accident waiting to happen and if the Bears think that it is going to get any better good luck. You wasted 2 draft picks just like Miami did the only difference is that Miami found a sucker to take Marshall off their hands and there will be no takers for the whack job this time.

    • John Mack

      I disagree. Let’s not get carried away here. Marshall was worth more than the 2 draft picks we dealt him. Unless you’ve personally spoken to him, you don’t know what this is about.

      Time for us to get behind Brandon and keep calm! This guy is worth working with (I’ve seen enough to prove that)! Let’s let it all play out. Sacrificing your physical body for fans, the game, money…it can all get a little daunting. And seeing as how Marshall has truly taken to the Chicago community, it would be sad to over think this.

      Just keep him and his family in your prayers.