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WR Brandon Marshall - Chicago Bears

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

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Preseason player page

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

News you need to know

General News (Sat Sep 20): partially participated in Saturday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

General News (Fri Sep 19): did not practice on Friday.

General News (Thu Sep 18): did not practice on Thursday.

Week 3: at New York Jets

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Jay Cutler was limited for most of the game against San Francisco, but a series of late turnovers fueled his stat line by providing easily-reached red-zone opportunities. When the dust settled on the Bears' comeback win, he'd pitched 23/34 for 176 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions. He did all the above after taking a vicious crown-of-the-helmet hit to his chest, which he described after the game as 'feeling like my chest hit my backbone'. It was quite a display of toughness on Cutler's part. Brandon Marshall powered through a sore ankle to haul in 5/48/3 (eight targets) on the night, while Martellus Bennett handled eight targets for 7/37/1 receiving. Alshon Jeffery, also nursing a sore ankle, managed six targets for 3/47/0 receiving - the Bears' walking wounded got the job done last week, but stay tuned to's Players in the News for their practice status later in the week as both Marshall and Jeffery were clearly gimpy during the game. The Jets' pass D is ranked 17th after two games, averaging 221.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing scores given up vs. zero interceptions generated (they have six sacks to date, tied for sixth in the NFL). Last week, Aaron Rodgers torched this secondary for 25/42 yielding 310 net passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (four sacks taken for -36 yards). Once the Jets were past the rookie Derek Carr in Week 1, their secondary was exposed by Rodgers and company. Cutler and company have a good matchup, and as the Jets' rush D is so stout, look for Cutler and whoever is healthy enough to take the field on Sunday to have a solid game against the suspect Jets' secondary.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs BUF 0 0 0 12 8 71 1 1
2 at SF 0 0 0 8 5 48 3 0
3 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
3 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
3 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs BUF (12 / 8 / 71 / 1 rec)

To the surprise of very few, Marshall once again was Cutler's favorite target. Marshall finished with eight catches for 71 yards with one touchdown and one costly fumble. Marshall was the same Marshall we've all come to love. And as long as he's in the lineup, Cutler is going to find him. It's a certainty, like death and taxes. While timing between Cutler and Marshall had been suspect during the preseason, it did not at all appear to be an issue against the Bills. There were no miscommunications, no bad routes run, no high throws -- the pair had it going. That was until Marshall suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter; an injury only caused two or three of the four plays he missed on the day. The injury is not something that needs to be worried about, though. Marshall is a beast of a receiver, and he's takes great care of his body. He'll be 100 percent come Sunday night against the 49ers.

2014 Week 2 vs SF (8 / 5 / 48 / 3 rec)

Marshall stole the show Sunday night in the Bears' comeback win over the 49ers. The Bears' No. 1 target entered the game with an ankle injury that was serious enough that he almost didn't play. But Marshall didn't let an injured ankle stop him. He finished the game with five catches on eight targets for 48 yards and three touchdowns. Three very large touchdowns. Despite being limited in the speed department, Marshall did a great job of using the healthy parts of his body to make plays. He played physical football, blocking out defenders in the end zone as he made plays for the ball. Marshall had very little success in the first half (one TD came in the first, two in the second half). The Bears' game plan hadn't adjusted to the fact that Marshall wasn't able to do what he normally does when healthy. Cutler came out in the third quarter and made a point to put Marshall in positions to succeed. He threw the ball up instead of deep. Marshall's first touchdown, the ridiculous one-handed catch he made, was on a throw that was in a place where the defender couldn't reach it. As long as Cutler and Marshall still are best buddies, it's safe to count on a steady dose of targets, touches and touchdowns from Marshall.


Latest News

Bears | Brandon Marshall expected to go (Sun Sep 21, 11:05 AM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) is expected to play Monday, Sept. 22.

Our View: No one is benching him after he put up three scores as a game-time decision last week.
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Bears | Brandon Marshall questionable (Sat Sep 20, 02:04 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 3.

Our View: Keep a careful eye on this but know that given the Monday might game time you'll be high and dry if he goes inactive. Few fantasy owners are going to risk benching Marshall after his three score game-time decision game in Week 2 on Sunday night against San Francisco.
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Bears | Brandon Marshall expected to play (Fri Sep 19, 05:13 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) was out for the second straight day Friday, Sept. 19, but he's expected to play in Week 3 against the New York Jets Monday, Sept. 22.

Our View: No one is going to risk benching Marshall after his three score game-time decision game on Sunday night against San Francisco.
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Bears | Brandon Marshall doesn't practice (Thu Sep 18, 05:52 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

Our View: Marshall (like Alshon Jeffery) surprisingly played in Week 2. We'll see if he can practice tomorrow before calling it safe(r) to start him this week. He's easily a top-10 fantasy receiver if he plays in Week 3 against a terrible Jets secondary.
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Bears | Brandon Marshall scores three TDs (Sun Sep 14, 11:35 PM) - Updating a previous report, not only did Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers, he scored three touchdowns.

Our View: Marshall wasn't a downfield threat, but he ruled the end zone. He rewarded everyone who waited for him, but it was totally rational to bench him if you didn't have a night game hedge. Obviously Marshall is back to being an easy start on Monday at the Jets.
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