Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall returned to practice Monday after leaving the team last week for a follow-up exam on his surgically repaired hip. ESPN Chicago says doctors told Marshall that structurally his hip “is great” and in “great shape.” Head coach Marc Trestman said he hasn’t displayed any setbacks during camp or preseason.
“He’s gonna get mad at me for saying this because I’ve been telling him all summer — I see a guy that’s better than he was last year,” Emery said. “I see a guy that’s more dynamic. I see a guy better in and out of his breaks. I see a stronger player. He’s at an elite level for his position in terms of size, dynamic ability, production. I don’t see any back-off. Actually, I see a better player.
“Obviously, he was a little frustrated about where he’s at, and he’s definitely shared that with [me]. Those are conversations that we’ve had. That’s just an athlete wanting to be elite, wanting to be the best at his game. His goal is to be the best wide receiver in the NFL on the best team. I’ve got no problems with those goals.”
Marshall’s agent, Kennard McGuire, tried to explain his frustration saying “anything less than elite is unacceptable to [Marshall].”
“The thing is, it’s tough playing at a high level. When you have a surgery, sometimes you get frustrated getting back to that level,” Marshall said. “We have a lot of amazing things going on here on and off the field, and I want to be a part of it. So at times it can be [frustrating]. But we made it to Week 1 and that’s a positive thing. I was a little frustrated, and I’m gonna be frustrated. I think that’s just human nature.”