Marshall Says He’s 100 percent

Entering his sophomore season as a Chicago Bear, wide receiver Brandon Marshall is ready to go after dealing with hip problems for the last few seasons.

In 2010’s offseason, he had a hip procedure and just this past January, he underwent arthroscopic hip surgery. Since then, Marshall has taken extra time off to ensure healing.

He said via the Chicago Sun-Times, “The good thing about the procedure I got done and when I got it done is, I got it done at the start of the offseason, and when you’re able to do something like that, you can take your time with it. You can afford to be cautious. It’s about working smarter, and I probably could have started weeks ago, but no rush. We don’t play games until September. As long as I’m in top shape then, that’s all that matters.”

Marshall commented that in the last two seasons he “felt something” in his hip but he powered through it as he had two consecutive Pro Bowl selections; last year he had been named as a first team All-Pro. This came on his 118 receptions for 1,508 yards with 11 touchdowns.

Just think of the improved production with a healthy Marshall.

He added to the Sun-Times, “I’m excited to start this season 100-percent healthy and see how much better I can be, completely healthy. I feel so great, man.”

Cousins is patient, ready to embrace backup role

With Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III making an off-the-charts recovery from knee surgery, he should be back at the helm at the season’s start. Should he not do so, the team will be in good hands with backup quarterback Kirk Cousins.

And lucky for them, he’s o.k. being No. 2.

Cousins said via ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning on Thursday, “Patience is the name of the game. It’s a part of life. Things don’t happen as fast as we want them to. I was a backup at Michigan State for two years. That’s part of the deal: You wait your turn. Right now, I view my NFL career as a marathon, not a sprint. While I may have to sit for a few years … I believe long-term that may be the best blessing I could possibly have had.”

How refreshing.

Cousins did get playing time last season with an injured RG3. In his one start, he threw for 329 yards (a 70.3 completion percentage) with two touchdowns and a pick.

But for this player, he’s in for the long haul. Cousins added, “For me, it’s about playing as long as I can. Having the best 12- or 14-year career if I’m blessed to have that. It’s about having as long of a career as possible, not getting off to as fast of a start as possible. If I’m good enough, I’m going to get my chance. If I’m not good enough, I’ll have to live with that. I’m not worried about if I’m going to get my chance.”