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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Brandon Marshall held out of practice

By Michael C. Wright
ESPN.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears held out receiver Brandon Marshall (quadriceps) from Thursday’s practice, but the injury isn’t expected to keep him out of Monday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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“He’s got a little bit of a quad,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “So we held him out.”

Marshall missed time during preparations last week for the game against the Minnesota Vikings, but the injury didn’t keep the receiver from playing. Marshall caught four passes for 45 yards, while teammate Alshon Jeffery went for a Bears single-game record 249 yards receiving.

Marshall needs just 10 yards receiving on Monday for he and Jeffery to become the first pair of Bears receivers since 1995 (Curtis Conway and Jeff Graham) to each record 1,000 yards in a season.

Trestman ruled out quarterback Jay Cutler, who returned to practice on Thursday, and linebacker Lance Briggs, but safeties Anthony Walters (groin) and Major Wright (hamstring) rejoined the team in a limited capacity after missing Sunday’s game at Minnesota. Trestman said “we’re optimistic” regarding Wright’s status for Monday night. Veteran Craig Steltz replaced Wright in the lineup in the loss to the Vikings.

The team listed rookie guard Kyle Long (ankle) on the injury report, but he participated fully in Thursday’s workout with no limitations.