Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Marshall, Gould sit out with injuries
By Jeff Dickerson
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears' injury report consisted of just two names on the club's first day of voluntary minicamp: wide receiver Brandon Marshall (hip) and kicker Robbie Gould (calf).
Marshall underwent minor hip surgery following the 2012 regular season to try and correct an issue that lingered for much of the regular season. While there is no timetable for this return, Marshall spent a good chunk of his offseason rehabbing the injury in South Florida with teammates Alshon Jeffery and Evan Rodriguez before the trio returned to Chicago for the beginning of the Bears' offseason program on April 2.
"It's one day at a time," Bears coach Marc Trestman said about Marshall's status. "He said he's feeling better and we'll talk to the trainers every day and when they say he's ready, he'll go."
Gould is still not fully recovered from a late-season calf injury that landed him on injured reserve for the final three games. The former All-Pro kicker expects to remain sidelined for several more weeks.
"Rehab is going well," Gould said Tuesday. "I've spent a lot of time this offseason getting healthy, and I'm getting close. I've got probably a couple of more weeks. It's still early in the offseason, I don't need to get too crazy and start kicking early, even with a new coaching staff. First game is September, so as long as I'm ready to go around organized team activities and the first bit of training camp, everything should be OK.
"I had a tough injury that required some long-term attention, and I just want to make sure we get it right because there is no reason right now to rush it to get back on the field. It's tough not being able to participate and not being cleared yet, but at the same time, when that time comes, I'll be back out there ready to play."