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'Concerned' about the offensive line? Not Marshall

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'Concerned' about the offensive line? Not Marshall

On Monday, quarterback Jay Cutler said that the offensive line was a concern as it worked at settling players into positions and coming together. By the time it was flipped and sautd by some commentators, Cutler was concerned about the offensive line.

Not exactly the same thing, but hey.

On Tuesday, wide receiver Brandon Marshall had a precisely opposite slant on the supposed concern. He had tried to drop in and do some drills with the O-linemen during Tuesday mornings voluntary team workouts at Halas Hall and they got on me and threw me out, Marshall said, laughing.

Marshall spent Tuesday afternoon visiting with the kids at UCAN Academy in Chicago, answering questions and giving advice.

He also had a prediction about the offensive line:

When I look over and see our offensive line working, I get chills and get so excited, he said.

Those guys are working hard and I think theyre actually going to be the group thats going to lead us to where we need to be.

So youre not concerned then?

Oh, not at all, Marshall said.

The suspicion here is that neither is Cutler, whose comments had to do with finalizing the front five, injured players like Gabe Carimi and Chris Williams coming back, and how JMarcus Webb pans out at left tackle after a struggling first season switching to left tackle without an offseason of orientation.

One spin of Cutlers comments was that he was going against the need assessments of coach Lovie Smith and coordinator Mike Tice, who have been on record as being comfortable with the players available. Not surprisingly, the Bears did not spend any draft choices on an offensive lineman, finishing with defensive backs in rounds six and seven.

Heres the problem with portraying Cutlers comments as being concerned with the offensive line:

Cutler lobbied for Jeremy Bates twice, first for the coordinator position in 2010 (Bates opted out and for Seattle instead) and again this offseason, with the result that Bates was hired as quarterbacks coach.

If the franchise quarterback had meaningful reservations about his offensive line, beyond the obvious wanting to see decisions on whether Webb or Williams is the left tackle and which of four options emerge as the starting guards, does anyone really think he couldnt have lobbied for something in a draft that saw the Bears take a backup safety in the third round and third tight end in the fourth?

Dane Dunning left minor league start with 'moderate' elbow strain

Dane Dunning left minor league start with 'moderate' elbow strain

Dane Dunning has been nothing but consistent since joining the White Sox organization in the Adam Eaton trade before the 2017 season.

He has performed well at three different levels in the minor leagues and has stayed healthy. That second part is currently in question after he left a start for Double-A Birmingham on Saturday with elbow soreness.

Dunning left in the fourth inning in what was developing into one of his worst starts of the season. He had four strikeouts, but also walked four and gave up two runs (one earned). The four walks matched a season high.

Here is how things went down on his final pitch:

It's too early for a full diagnosis, but Dunning is expected to have an MRI in the next few days. White Sox manager Rick Renteria talked about Dunning's injury before Sunday's game against the Athletics.

"I think everybody considered it a very moderate strain," Renteria said. "Nobody is at this point too concerned. They still have to re-evaluate more. We won’t know more until they get further evaluation and at that point everybody will know where he’s at. Right now he still has to be re-evaluated."

Dunning, 23, began the season at Single-A Winston-Salem where he posted a 2.59 ERA in four starts with 31 strikeouts against three walks in 24 1/3 innings. The Florida product then was promoted to Birmingham where he has a 2.76 ERA. In 11 starts with the Barons, Dunning has 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 62 innings.

Dunning is one of the top pitching prospects in the White Sox farm system along with Michael Kopech and Alec Hansen.

Chris Kuc contributed to this report.

61 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

61 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Maine West

Head coach: Jason Kradman

Assistant coaches: Steve Piha (Def. Coordinator), Mike O'Brill (DB/ST Coordinator), Tony Manicke (LB/Head JV Coach), Dan Wilson (OL) Russ Swenson (TE) Ryan Willett (QB) Matt Boswell (DL) Trent Greco (WR) Kyle Prater (WR) Mike Smith (Head Frosh Coach) Joe Duszynski (Frosh Asst.) and DJ Frey (Frosh Asst.).

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (4-1 Central Suburban North Conference). Maine West made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Warriors lost to Benet Academy in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Mundelein

Sept. 1 @ Fenton

Sept. 7 vs Elk Grove

Sept. 14 @ Hersey

Sept. 21 vs Glenbrook North

Sept. 28 @ Maine East

Oct. 5 vs Vernon Hills

Oct. 12 vs Highland Park

Oct. 19 @ Deerfield

[MORE: 65 Days to Kickoff - Elmwood Park]

Biggest storyline: Will history repeat itself? Can the Warriors post back-to-back IHSA state playoff appearances? If so, it'd be a first for the Des Plaines high school.

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Jake Bellizzi, FB/LB Krystian Garbicz and WR/DB Ely Grimmer

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to replace standout TE Matt Kentgen (now at Butler). He was a multi-year starter and team leader last fall.  

EDGY's Early Take: Maine West, coached by Jason Kradman, has been one of the area's better success stories. Kradman took over the Warriors program in 2014 and guided the Warriors to their first state playoff appearance since 2002. With 13 returning starters back from a season ago (seven offense, six defense) and a program-wide boost in overall numbers and excitement, look for the Warriors to have a good shot at playoff football once again this October.