Marshall looks to repeat success against Colts
LAKE FOREST – The first thing that Brandon Marshall remembered from his previous game against the Indianapolis Colts was short and not so sweet.
“We lost,” Marshall said.
The second thing Marshall remembered was much more uplifting.
“I hit Blackjack – 21 catches,” Marshall said before practice Wednesday at Halas Hall. “It was a record. That was pretty good. That was an exciting moment, actually.”
The Bears are hoping for more excitement from Marshall this weekend.
Even if Marshall fails to repeat his record-setting performance – he caught 21 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts on Dec. 13, 2009 – the Bears are counting on him to spark an offense that has lacked a No. 1 receiver for years.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Marshall would help the team no matter how many passes he caught Sunday. If the Colts’ secondary made a point to blanket Marshall, Cutler said, it would create opportunities for other receivers.
“I told Brandon, ‘You might get two balls this game. I don’t know,’ Cutler said. “They might double-team him, … and make us throw it to Alshon [Jeffery], Devin [Hester] and Earl [Bennett] and those guys. That’s what I would expect.
“But we’ve had game plans in the past I didn’t think he was going to get a ball, and he got 15 of them. So we’ll see how it goes.”
Full go: Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher practiced without restrictions Wednesday and showed no signs of a previous knee injury, coach Lovie Smith said.
“Good practice, like the rest of our football team,” Smith said of Urlacher.
Smith was asked whether he could envision a scenario in which the Bears’ Pro Bowl linebacker said he was able to play but the coaching staff held him out anyway.
“Oh, sure,” Smith said. “Guys of course are always going to say that they’re ready to go, but we’ll always watch them and make that final decision. You want a player to always want to go, but we’ll help him out if it comes to that. But I don’t think it will.”
On the mend: Bears punter Adam Podlesh took part in limited kicking drills Wednesday as he continued to recover from a hip flexor injury.
Podlesh said a comeback was possible as soon as Sunday against the Colts.
“We haven’t ruled that out yet,” Podlesh said. “That is still on the table.”
If Podlesh cannot play, backup punter Ryan Quigley will fill the void.
Bears bits: Linebacker Geno Hayes switched his uniform from No. 91 to No. 58 to accommodate defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who also wore No. 91 last season. … Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo played high school football at Lake Zurich, where he was a teammate of Bears practice-squad quarterback Matt Blanchard.