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Brandon Marshall Given Leave Of Absence

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Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.

Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall has been granted an excused absence from the team for four days, and he’s not going to be present at the team’s final preseason game against the Cleveland Browns tonight at Soldier Field.

“This was a planned-out miss today for personal reasons,” coach Marc Trestman told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “I let him go for personal reasons. But something that has been part of the offseason plan since started training camp.”

The timing is conspicuous considering Marshall expressed displeasure with the way his hip injury has been handled by the team. There appeared to be some tension brewing between Marshall and the coaching staff, and this may be an attempt to clear the air with the season so close to starting.

Trestman was quick to deflect any notion of there being any relationship between the excused absence and Marshall’s statements, saying, “I’d rather just leave it to personal reasons out of respect to Brandon. But it’s all good. As I have said, when I let guys go for personal reasons, it’s all good. It’s not reflective of anything other than I gave him time off. He will be back on Sunday.”

"I woke up a couple days really sore when camp first started," Marshall told ESPN. "I'm really much better now, but it's not where you want to be at this time, which has been a little frustrating. From an ability standpoint, I'm right where I need to be. I'm not at midseason form, but that's OK."

In the end, as long as Marshall can find some peace of mind and get his hip closer to full strength, this should be a non-issue once the season kicks off. He has already confirmed via his Twitter account that he will be playing in Week 1, so hopefully all the drama will die down soon.