Bears Notes: Marshall returns from hip surgery

Bears Notes: Marshall returns from hip surgery
June 4, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been sitting out offseason work ever since undergoing a minor hip operation early this offseason. He was back doing limited work finally,

“I’m 100 percent now,” Marshall said. “I’m ready to go. They’re holding me back. Bobby [Slater, Bears director of rehabilitation]] is holding me back.”

Even in a reduced role, “It was good to see Brandon back out there,” said general manager Phil Emery. “He’s got full medical clearance. Obviously he was catching the ball very well. He looked good with his feet and his routes. As we build toward vet minicamp next week, it’ll be exciting to see him get more reps as he goes. Obviously we’re going to work him into the situation having just come back.”

Still no Gabe

Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi remains a no-show at the voluntary practices, continuing to work out on his own rather than work with the Bears.

“Gabe is doing what he feels is best for Gabe and I think I’ve said it in the past, we’ll welcome him with open arms when he comes,” Emery said. “I look forward to seeing how he’s doing.”

Other notes

Both the offense and defense had their respective highlights, both for faux touchdowns. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey made a falling-down catch against double-coverage of a 45-yard Jay Cutler pass in the end zone. Not long afterwards, defensive end Shea McClellin stepped in front of a Cutler pass in the flat and picked it off for a “score”.

Tight end Gabe Miller, who spent last season on the Bears’ practice squad, has been handed a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s policies on performance-enhancing drugs.

Miller, a fifth-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011, may practice with the team through the offseason including preseason games. He is not permitted to be with the team for the first four weeks of the 2013 season.