- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall needs to undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his hip, according to an NFL source, who called the upcoming surgery "nothing," before adding it could put the Pro Bowler out of action "probably two weeks."
Given the timeframe for recovery, the source indicated it's doubtful Marshall will play in the Jan. 27 Pro Bowl, but that hasn't yet been decided.
Marshall plans to have the surgery late Monday or Tuesday morning, but it's unknown which hip he'll have repaired. The receiver has undergone at least one arthroscopic procedure on each of his hips over the course of his career.
A four-time Pro Bowl receiver, Marshall caught a Bears single-season record 118 passes for 1,508 yards, both career highs, in addition to being named Saturday to the Associated Press All-Pro team.
Marshall underwent a right hip procedure in 2010, and the previous offseason he had surgery on his left hip. Marshall also underwent surgery in March 2009 as a member of the Denver Broncos to repair a hip injury that slowed him throughout most of his 2008 campaign. After undergoing that surgery, Marshall finished 2009 with his third consecutive 100-catch season, gaining 1,120 yards receiving in addition to catching a then career-high 10 touchdowns.
Despite hip surgery prior to the start of the 2010 season, Marshall caught 86 passes for 1,014 yards and followed that up in 2011 with 81 catches for 1,214 yards and six TDs.
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