Brandon Marshall’s hip is in “great shape”

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall returned to practice on Monday after missing some time due to a check up on his surgically repaired hip.

“I’m always concerned about my body,” Marshall said Monday, via ESPNChicago.com. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a little scratch, I’m always concerned. So coming off my third surgery, structurally, everything is good. After a few surgeries, I think that’s protocol for checkups.”

Bears general manager Phil Emery believes Marshall will be better this season than in 2012.

“He’s gonna get mad at me for saying this because I’ve been telling him all summer — I see a guy that’s better than he was last year,” Emery said. “I see a guy that’s more dynamic. I see a guy better in and out of his breaks. I see a stronger player. He’s at an elite level for his position in terms of size, dynamic ability, production. I don’t see any back-off. Actually, I see a better player.

“Obviously, he was a little frustrated about where he’s at, and he’s definitely shared that with [me]. Those are conversations that we’ve had. That’s just an athlete wanting to be elite, wanting to be the best at his game. His goal is to be the best wide receiver in the NFL on the best team. I’ve got no problems with those goals.”

The good news is that Marshall says the doctors told him that hip “is great” and in “great shape.”