Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall returned to practice Monday after missing the team's final preseason game with a previously scheduled four-day absence to have his surgically repaired hip examined.
Marshall said his hip joint is "in amazing shape."
"When you have a surgery, sometimes you get frustrated getting back to that level," Marshall said, per The Associated Press. "We have a lot of amazing things going on here on the field and off the field, and I want to be a part of it. So at times it can be (frustrating)."
It's a good thing Marshall is feeling better because his general manager, Phil Every, heaped some heavy expectations on the Bears' No. 1 target.
"He's gonna get mad at me for saying this because I've been telling him all summer -- I see a guy that's better than he was last year," Emery said, per ESPN Chicago. "I see a guy that's more dynamic."
Considering Cutler targeted Marshall an exorbitant amount of times last season, expecting more than last year's 118 receptions for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns is saying a lot. We expect coach Marc Trestman's offense to be more diverse than the Bears' offense last season, but Marshall clearly still is the alpha dog of the receiving corps.