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Bears | More on Brandon Marshall's hip, health

Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (hip) returned to the practice field on Tuesday, June 4, to take part in organized team activities after missing much of the offseason because of arthroscopic surgery on his hip in January. The wideout expressed a fear that his hip will become a long-term problem, since he's had multiple procedures on it and has been affected by the injury in each of the past two years, but he's optimistic about his condition for the time being. Marshall participated in only individual drills on Tuesday but expects to do more at future sessions, with the goal of being at full speed by training camp. He feels that he hasn't lost any mobility or speed, and he displayed what appeared to be his top form during workouts.

Initially, Marshall thought the pain he was feeling was the result of decreased strength and flexibility, but surgery led to the discovery that cleanup was necessary. He believes that he can have a better season this year than he did in 2012, when he caught 118 passes for 1,508 yards (on 188 targets), both single-season records for Chicago, because he considers himself fully healthy now, but he understands that ball distribution probably has to change for the team to be successful.

Fantasy Tip: Marshall will draw attention as an elite fantasy option, and his health bodes well for his chances to live up to expectations, but it'll be difficult to match what he did last season. The Bears hope to spread it around a little more. That could be more beneficial for him in the long run, especially if it results in more scoring, but it's TBD. He's still easily Jay Cutler's favorite receiver.

2013-06-04 15:39:13 | Source: ESPNChicago.com - Michael C. Wright

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