Seahawks cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman are facing four-game suspensions for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. But the appeals they filed won’t be heard this week, meaning both will play Sunday against the Bears.
And that’s just fine with receiver Brandon Marshall, a physical 6-5, 230-pounder who is eager to see how he fares against the 6-4 Browner and the 6-3 Sherman.
“It’s different because it’s not what we call the prototypical corner,” Marshall said. “They present some different challenges, but I am excited about this match-up. I am happy they are playing. I am really excited they are playing. That’s good for the game, and I am ready to compete.”
There’s little doubt that quarterback Jay Cutler will continue to target Marshall, whose 81 receptions are 59 more than the Bears’ next wide receiver, Earl Bennett, who has 22. But the size the Seahawks boast at cornerback could force the Bears to make some changes.
“Brandon’s usually the biggest guy out there outside and he kind of does what he wills and throws guys around,” Cutler said. “It’s a different match-up for him. Bigger guys are going to grab, pull and get up in his face, so we’re going to have to attack it a little different. I’m going to talk to ‘B’ to see what he’s comfortable running.”
The way Marshall performed in last Sunday’s win over the Vikings, it probably wouldn’t have mattered if Minnesota’s cornerbacks were seven-feet tall. The Bears receiver caught 12 passes for 92 yards, often with defenders draped all over him.
“He’s a special player,” Cutler said. “I knew it from Denver playing with him. He makes things easy for me. He’s a competitor. He wants the ball at all times and whenever he gets in that zone I think he was in Sunday, just feed him the ball, find a way. If B’s not No. 1 in your progression, go to him anyway. He just makes it happen.”
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