Storms keep Marshall, Melton away

April, 18, 2013
4/18/13
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Travel-related issues caused by recent storms in the Chicagoland are believed to have forced a handful of Chicago Bears players to miss the final day of the club's voluntary three-day minicamp on Thursday, including Pro Bowlers wide receiver Brandon Marshall and defensive tackle Henry Melton.

"Brandon texted me and said he would do the best he could to get here," Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. "I haven't heard where he is but we had a lot of texts this morning with the (Edens expressway) shut down. I'm sure he's fine but he did call in to let us know that he was having issues. I just didn't get into what they were coming in."

Marshall is still recovering from offseason hip surgery and did not participate in the first two days of the camp. Trestman said on Tuesday there is no official timetable for the team's leading wide receiver to get back on the field, but that Marshall is making steady progress.

Kicker Robbie Gould hopes to return to action in approximately four weeks.

With the end of the minicamp, the Bears now move into the next phase of their offseason program that allows coaches to be on the field with players, but only for individual work. There are to be no team drills or one-on-one matchups until the Bears begin their organized team activities in May.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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