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Brandon Marshall could face his 'biggest' challenges of the season in Seahawks defensive backs

2012-11-28T18:00:00Z 2012-11-30T16:28:04Z Brandon Marshall could face his 'biggest' challenges of the season in Seahawks defensive backsAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
November 28, 2012 6:00 pm  • 

LAKE FOREST | Bears' wide receiver Brandon Marshall can finally pick on someone his own size.

After having his way with opposing defensive backs the first 11 games, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound game-changer is expecting serious one-on-one coverage Sunday against Seattle cornerbacks Richard Sherman (6-3, 195) and Brandon Browner (6-4, 221).

If, that is, they aren't slapped with four-game suspensions for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

"As of right now, I'm planning on those guys playing," coach Pete Carroll said during his conference call.

ESPN reported Sunday that Sherman and Browner were facing suspension and would be appealing. According to the league's collective bargaining agreement, players can continue to play until the appeal is heard and settled.

The pair has combined for seven interceptions and 21 pass deflections.

"I'm really excited about my matchup," Marshall said Wednesday. "It's different because it's not what we call the prototypical corner. They present some different challenges.

"I am happy they are playing. That's good for the game."

Sunday's NFC contest features the league's two worst passing offenses with Seattle 31st (178.5) and the Bears 32nd (177.2).

"There's no added pressure. Jay (Cutler) and I understand we're the focal point of the offense right now," Marshall said. "We know the offense goes through us. We have to make plays and move the ball."

"Brandon's usually the biggest guy out there on the outside and he does what he wills and throws guys around," Cutler added. "It's a different matchup for him. Bigger guys are going to grab, pull and get up in your face.

"So we're going to have to attack a little different."

It was reported Sherman and Browner tested positive for Adderall, used primarily to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

"It's such a competitive league, guys try anything just to get that edge," Marshall said. "I've heard crazy stories of guys using Viagra. That's scary, some of these chemicals you put in your body.

"I'm fortunate enough to be blessed with size and some smarts to give me my edge."

Marshall suffers from personality disorder but said he does not take any medications for it; his treatment consisting of intensive counseling sessions.

He warned that even over-the-counter medications must first be approved by the team's training staff.

"It doesn't matter if it's DayQuil, NyQuil, any kind of cough medicine -- even Hall's," he said.

"It's a really strict program the NFL has and it puts you in a tough spot as an athlete because it can be something (taken) over the counter for a little sickness."

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