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WR Brandon Marshall - Chicago Bears

6-4, 230Born: 3-23-1984College: Central FloridaDrafted: Round 4

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Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) was limited in practice for the second straight day Tuesday, Nov. 25.

He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): It has been an up and down year for Marshall's owners, and Week 12 brought more down, with Detroit up in Weeks 13 and 16 to continue that trend. It's really hard to bench Marshall, but if you hit on some later picks, it might be rational.

General News (Wed Nov 26): partially participated in Wednesday's practice but is still expected to play this week.

Week 13: at Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Detroit (7-4) is on a two-game skid coming into this divisional showdown, and are now chasing 8-3 Green Bay for the NFC North title - meanwhile the Bears (5-6) are fighting for their playoff chances and are on a two-game winning streak. Detroit is 4-1 at home and they host the first of two showdowns with Chicago at Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day. The Bears' passing attack continues to perform erratically entering the holiday week, with a mere 17/27 for 130 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown by Jay Cutler last week (three sacks taken for -18 yards) against the Buccaneers' 22nd-ranked pass D (that averages 252.1 net yards allowed per game) last week. However, Chicago was more explosive against the Vikings with 31/43 for 330 yards, three TDs and two interceptions thrown during Week 11. During that two-game winning streak, Alshon Jeffery has handled the most passes (21 targets for 14/157/2 receiving), followed by Brandon Marshall (15 for 10/122/2), Matt Forte (12 for 11/81/0) and Martellus Bennett (11 for 8/66/0). All four of Cutler's TD passes have gone to his two featured wideouts. The Lions' pass D was shredded by Tom Brady and company last week (38/53 for 349 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with zero sacks taken) after losing a game in Arizona two weeks ago in which Drew Stanton also threw for over 300 yards (21/32 for 306 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions) - the Lions' vaunted pass rush didn't produce a sack in either game. This unit is in crisis entering this key divisional matchup, friends. The Lions are now 15th in the NFL with 26 sacks generated, while the Bears rank 18th with 27 sacks allowed. Even though the Bears are on the road, the Lions' pass D is not playing well enough to claim an edge - advantage, Chicago.

Recent Stats and Projections

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10 at GB 0 0 0 10 8 112 1 0
11 vs MIN 0 0 0 10 7 90 2 0
12 vs TB 0 0 0 5 3 32 0 0
13 at DET PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
13 at DET PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
13 at DET PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs GB (10 / 8 / 112 / 1 rec)

Brandon Marshall was one of the few Bears who didn't quit Sunday night after the game got out of hand by the start of the second quarter. He looked to be as strong as he's been all season. Marshall finished the game with eight catches for 112 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. The performance was his best since the Bears' Week 6 win over the Atlanta Falcons, when both Marshall and Alshon Jeffery went over 100 yards on the day. The touchdown was Marshall's first since the last time he faced the Packers, back in Week 4. What made Marshall's box score most impressive was the 70 yards after catch he recorded. In the eight previous games, Marshall had only 111 total yards after catch. Unfortunately, Marshall's resurgent performance was halted in the fourth quarter by an ankle injury. How the injury will affect him moving forward is not yet known. Be on the lookout for updates.

2014 Week 11 vs MIN (10 / 7 / 90 / 2 rec)

Against the Vikings, Brandon Marshall once again showed everyone why he's one of the NFL's best receivers. Marshall entered the game with an ankle injury, and he left with seven catches on 10 targets for 90 yards and two touchdowns. The best moment of Marshall's day came early in the fourth quarter, when he was the outside receiver on the right side, waved his hands before the snap, signaling he had single coverage. Cutler took the snap, read left and saw nothing; he then turned right and fired a high back-shoulder throw to Marshall, who made a great hands-catch over the defender for the touchdown. After a couple of rough outings, Cutler and Marshall looked to be in lockstep with one another. Marshall has gone his entire nine-year career without making it to the postseason. If the Bears lose another game, you can bet that his playoff drought will be upped to 10 years. What that means is you can expect everything Marshall has for each of the next six games.

2014 Week 12 vs TB (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Brandon Marshall might as well not even have been on the field Sunday against Tampa Bay. The Bears' receiver caught only three passes on five targets for 32 yards. It was a very uninspiring effort from Marshall, who never looked to be in the game, mentally. Coming off back-to-back games in which Marshall caught 15 total passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns, one has to wonder if the receiver's ankle injury reared its head at some point Sunday. Whatever the case, Marshall doesn't have much time to get his head back in the game, as the Bears take the field Thursday morning against the Lions.

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Latest News

Bears | Probable status for Brandon Marshall (Wed Nov 26, 04:54 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) was limited in practice for the third straight day Wednesday, Nov. 26, but is probable for Week 13 against the Detroit Lions.

Our View: The Bears play against the Lions on Thanksgiving, so Marshall was going to be limited all week anyway. We like him as a low-end WR2/WR3 in Week 13.
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Bears | Brandon Marshall limited again (Tue Nov 25, 04:52 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) was limited in practice for the second straight day Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Our View: This is the new reality for Marshall. He's likely going to be banged up with this ankle for the rest of the year. It's a short week for the Bears as they take on the Lions on Thanksgiving.
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Bears | Brandon Marshall limited (Mon Nov 24, 03:56 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) would have been limited had the team practiced Monday, Nov. 24. The practice status is based on estimation had the team actually practiced.

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Bears | Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery probable (Fri Nov 21, 04:06 PM) - Chicago Bears WRs Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) are both listed as probable for Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Marshall was limited for the second straight day Friday, Nov. 21, while Jeffery practiced in full after being limited Thursday, Nov. 20.

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Bears | Brandon Marshall limited Thursday (Thu Nov 20, 05:07 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: Has the Bears offense bounced back and regained its form? Brandon Marshall certainly has, and we expect him to put up WR1 numbers against a weak Tampa Bay defense.
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Schedule

13@ Detroit Lions
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15vs New Orleans Saints
16vs Detroit Lions
17@ Minnesota Vikings