Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall reveals he should not have played for four weeks after he sustained an ankle injury during the Bears' Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills. However, Marshall hasn't missed a game since then.
Brandon Marshall reveals he should have sat out the four games following an ankle injury he suffered during the Chicago Bears' Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
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This was what the Chicago wide receiver told ESPN's Michael C. Wright on Oct. 9:
"Chicao Bears receiver Brandon Marshall utilized the power of persuasion with the team's medical staff to keep suiting up, he said Thursday, despite recommendations he sit out four weeks after spraining his right ankle during the season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
"After catching 13 passes for 119 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games, Marshall hauled in just six passes for 69 yards and one touchdown in the club's last three contests.
"'I would assume you guys know what type of player I am, and the type of toughness I bring,' Marshall said. 'I wasn't supposed to play. That was an injury (where I) was supposed to be out four weeks. I thought you knew that.'
"Marshall initially suffered the ankle injury in the second half of Chicago's season-opening loss to the Buffalo Bills. Marshall left the game on multiple occasions to have the team's athletic trainers re-wrap the injured ankle, but continued to play.
"Then, with Marhsall officially listed as questionable and the Bears facing the San Francisco 49ers the next week on the road, the team decided just 90 minutes prior to kickoff to allow the receiver to participate.
"'The first two weeks, the doctors ruled me out,' Marshall said. 'They said I wasn't going to play. I went to them and said, 'Just make it a game-time decision.' I thought with some adrenaline I'd be able to go. I was able to help the team out, pull some coverage and give Martellus (Bennett) and Alshon (Jeffrey) one-on-one matchups, get Matt Forte some seven-man boxes.'
"Marshall also caught three touchdown passes along the way in helping the Bears defeat the 49ers 28-20.
"Marshall finally regained full health going into Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers, he said.
"'Last week was the first week we really got a chance to get me involved in the game plan,' Marshall said.
"But the receiver finished with just three catches for 44 yards, prompting Bears coach Marc Trestman to acknowledge the Bears need to target him more in the passing game.
"Marshall played despite the injury, he said, because 'I just can't sit on the sideline and watch the guys have fun and battle together. It's just not in my blood.'"
Trestman attested to Marshall's commitment to fully recover from the Week 1 ankle injury, per The Chicago-Sun Times' Patrick Finley:
"Though coach Marc Trestman said he couldn't give the details of Marshall's injury, both he and Marshall said the receiver has noticeably improved the last two weeks.
"'All I can tell you, from my standpoint with Brandon, is he did everything he could to get ready and get himself back,' Trestman said. 'And the last 10 days or two weeks of practice, he looks to be at full strength.'
"Marshall spoke Thursday and disputed the notion that he was unhappy, be it because of losses or his lack of production. He detailed positive events in his life -- including twins due later this year -- and said that the 'old Brandon' would have reacted differently to three catches against the Panthers on Sunday.
"Marshall says he plays football to share his message of mental health awareness now, anyway.
"'No more questions about, 'How's Brandon feeling?' he said. 'I'm great. What is there to be sorry for? When I wake up in the morning, I have a beautiful view of the lake. If this was five years ago, different story. There'd be freaking chairs and freaking bins flipped over right now'"
Marshall caught for 113 yards on nine receptions in the Bears' 27-13 Week 6 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 12.
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