Brandon Marshall was back at practice — and it was under the coach’s orders.
Friday morning, Head Coach Mike Shanahan told the injured wide receiver that he would be donning the shoulder pads and going through the full morning’s work.
“I told him this morning that he had to work through it. We took a look at the MRI (examination) and even though it is painful, it is supposed to be painful, but you have to work through it,” Shanahan said.
“He said it was just to challenge me, to see if I was mentally strong,” Marshall said. “He knew that I was in pain, and that it hurt, but he also knows it’s one of those things where you have to get out there, push yourself and be mentally tough.”
“I think early in practice he could feel the pain,” Shanahan said, “but he worked through it and I think he feels better right now and that is part of the process.”
Added Marshall: “I was shocked. I was scared. But I guess that’s what it takes. Coach has 30 years of experierene, and this is my second year, so of course I’ve just got to sit back and listen and go with the process.”
The process orginally called for Marshall to work through the individual and installation drills at the start of practice and then watch the remainder of the periods from the sidelines.
“They told me I was supposed to be done within the first 20 minutes,” he said. “But it warmed up so good (I stayed in there).
“I didn’t open up to 100 percent but I opened up to where I could compete.”
Marshall seemed to emerge none the worse for the wear, and even made a grab at Champ Bailey’s expense during the final period of practice, while looking crisp as he ran his first pass routes since the second day of minicamp exactly one month ago.
“I was kind of hestitant at first, but as you can see, I’ve got a smile on my face,” Marshall said after Friday’s practice.
Even though he said he had a “minor setback” with the ailing quadriceps muscle during his workouts a week ago, Marshall nevertheless placed the blame for his absence on himself.
“It was just scar tissue in there. It was me not being mentally tough,” he said. “I’m sure there’s going to be a day where I’m down in the future. It’s one of those things I’m going to have to push through.”
Added Shanahan: “You have to fight through a little pain and scar tissue but that is just part of it. How long is it going to take? Probably the same length of time it took these guys to get ready for the first game. He is in pretty good condition because he has been working out in the weight room.”
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