Brandon Marshall: Doctors say hip is “great”

Brandon Marshall returned to practice on Monday with the Chicago Bears. The veteran receiver had been excused for four days including the Bears preseason finale.

>Marshall brought good news in his return saying that doctors had checked out his hip and that the hip was “great.”

“I’m always concerned about my body,” Marshall said Monday. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a little scratch, I’m always concerned. So coming off my third surgery, structurally, everything is good. After a few surgeries, I think that’s protocol for checkups.”

Bears general manager Phil Emery expects Marshall to be healthy and ready to go Sunday when the team hosts the Cincinnati Bengals.

“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.”

Marshall set franchise records with 118 catches for 1,508 yards and added 11 touchdowns. While Marshall again figures to be the lead target of Jay Cutler the Bears have worked on improving their receiving corps this off-season and believe Alshon Jeffrey is ready to take a step forward as the teams No. 2