Bears' Marshall takes high road with war of words

Bears' Marshall takes high road with war of words
October 28, 2013, 7:30 pm
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CSN Staff

By Charlie Roumeliotis

After Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather fired verbal shots at Brandon Marshall's personal life Monday morning, the Bears wide receiver responded to those comments on the Waddle and Silvy Show by keeping it professional.

"I have no response to that," Marshall said on ESPN 1000. "I'm praying for that guy. He actually reached out to me last week and I told him I was more concerned about him and his help, because a few weeks before our game I saw him laying on the field just out cold. It was a scary situation, so I never want to see him or any player laid out like that. But as far as what he said today, you can only pray for someone with those feelings. ... It's kind of sad to see his comments today."

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Marshall voiced his concern about the hit to Meriweather during a phone call following last weeks game, but Meriweather's viewpoint was different than Marshall's.

"From my end, I think it was more about, 'Hey man, life after football. Other guys safety, your safety. That was kind of scary seeing you laid out against Green Bay,'" Marshall said, referring to the concussion Meriweather suffered while making a helmet-to-helmet tackle on the Packers' Eddie Lacy in Week 2. "For him, it was more about the money, being suspended and missing a game, so we were on two different pages."

Meriweather added to his comments that players have to start targeting the knees to end people's careers because, "you can't hit them high no more."

As a wide receiver, Marshall is just glad he doesn't have to play Meriweather and the Redskins again this year.

"I just feel bad for the guys that's remaining on their schedule," Marshall said. "It is tough on defensive backs. Some things I don't understand when it's a moving target ... it's tough to aim for a shoulder or body, but you don't want to start seeing guys get hit in the knees ... I don't know what to say about it. It's a tough situation. I don't want to go any further."

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Marshall believes that some players in the league are struggling to adapt to the new rules changes regarding hits, mainly the rookies who are still getting used to the NFL rules. But for the most part, he thinks players are making a strong effort to adjust.

"The majority of guys get it," Marshall said. "Then there are some young guys that need to get it, but they'll get it eventually. But the guys usually take care of each other playing within the whistle, playing within the rules."

Marshall concludes that the health of the players is the bigger picture in this situation, but there's not much that can be done for players who have the same mentality as Meriweather.

"I just want to see the health of the league continue to get better and guys continue to see healthy," Marshall said. "And for guys like [Meriweather], I'm just going to pray for."