Surprisingly, the Bears face the most scrutiny about guys who have already proven themselves on the field. Pro Bowlers Brandon Marshall and Henry Melton are both dealing with injuries heading into week 1 – With Marshall’s hip still nagging him after an offseason procedure and Melton’s preseason concussion still lingering.
“Coming off my third hip surgery, structurally everything is good, the joint is in amazing shape. So, that’s exciting," says Brandon Marshall.
It can’t be overstated how much Pro Bowlers Marshall and Melton mean to this Bears team but both the coaches and players agree, there won’t be any rushing back for a week 1 contest.
“At times it can be frustrating. But we made it to week 1 and that’s a positive thing," says Marshall.
“We’ll have the starting group and then the guys will be ready to go, next man up," says defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. "So we’ll be looking to get them all ready to go, absolutely.”
Going into their first game, the Bears injury report is actually squeaky clean.
“Everybody worked today," said Marc Trestman following the Bears workout Wednesday. "All the players that you’ve asked about over the last few weeks, asked about how they were doing, they were all counted for. We had everybody out there that went the full practice.”
It’s a luxury the team isn’t taking for granted. But they still know that everybody is not necessarily 100%, and injuries are always something to keep an eye on, especially on an older team.
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