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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Brandon Marshall tests out injured hip

By Jeff Dickerson

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall ran routes this week for the first time since he underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his hip in January.

Marshall told ESPN Chicago’s “Waddle and Silvy Show” on Wednesday that he was “surprised” how good the hip felt during the workouts, but that he is not completely recovered from the surgery.

“I’m probably around like 80 to 90 percent, but I’m feeling like 100 percent, though,” Marshall said. “This week was the first week I started running routes. Surprised myself … felt good.”

“They had to hold me back a little bit,” he said. “I was ready to go all the way up to 100 [percent], but I have to listen to [Bears director of rehabilitation] Bobby [Slater] and our medical staff and continue to just take it one day at a time.

“It felt good running routes and I’m getting closer to rejoining the guys on the field.”

Marshall has undergone multiple hip surgeries during the course of his career and requires constant treatment during the regular season.

Voted to his fourth Pro Bowl in 2012, Marshall caught a Bears single-season record 118 passes for 1,508 yards.

Marshall attended two of the Bears’ three voluntary minicamp workouts last week but did not participate.

Meanwhile, kicker Robbie Gould is recovering from offseason surgery to repair a ruptured semitendinosus tendon in his left leg and is expected to be medically cleared to return in three to four weeks.