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Marshall more positive as Bears prep for opener

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
(H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com)
Brandon Marshall (right) takes down Chargers' Donald Butler after Butler intercepted a Jay Cutler pass intended for Marshall in the second quarter August 15 at Soldier Field.

LAKE FOREST – After four days away, Brandon Marshall rejoined the Bears on Monday in preparation for the season opener and said “everything is good” regarding his hip.

On a day with plenty of news coming out of Halas Hall, the Bears silenced any panic that might have set in after Marshall’s comments and ensuing absence last week.

Marshall voiced frustration with his hip recovery last Tuesday, and reportedly had a routine check-up at some point when he was away from the team.

“I’m always concerned about my body. It doesn’t matter if it’s a little scratch, I’m always concerned,” he told reporters. “So coming off my third hip surgery, structurally, everything is good. The joint is in amazing shape. So that’s exciting.”

An ESPN report surfaced after Marshall’s comments last Tuesday that he was unhappy with the Bears’ handling of his hip injury. Marshall spoke about his frustrations being reacted to negatively.

“Look what happened with you guys last week. I was a little frustrated, and I’m gonna be frustrated. I think that’s just human nature,” he said. “There’s going to be some ups and downs this season, but we’ve got to stay productive and efficient and effective in the way we act. I’m just excited to be here.”

Trestman echoed the sentiment that any perceived concern from last week is nothing to worry about.

“We don’t see [Marshall’s frustration]. I don’t see it in the meetings. I saw him very attentive in meetings,” Trestman said. “Again, he worked very hard out in practice, from individual through the practice.”

General manager Phil Emery has not seen a limited Marshall after the hip surgery.

“He’s going to get mad at me for saying this because I have been telling him all summer, I see a guy that is better than he was last year,” Emery said. “I see a guy that is more dynamic. I see a guy better in and out of his breaks. I see a stronger player.

“Obviously, he was a little frustrated about where he is at and he’s definitely shared that with myself. Those are conversations that we’ve had and that’s just an athlete wanting to be elite, wanting to be the best at his game.”

Tight end swap: The Bears acquired veteran tight end Dante Rosario from the Dallas Cowboys on Monday and waived Kyle Adams. Rosario reportedly will cost the Bears a conditional seventh-round pick. Rosario has more pass-catching experience than Adams, having played in the league since 2007. He has eight career receiving touchdowns.

Getting better: Earl Bennett, Henry Melton and Jonathan Scott all returned to practice Monday. Bennett and Melton were cleared from their concussions. Trestman said D.J. Williams took some reps but still is day-to-day.

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