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Bears receiver Marshall not backing down, says he wants more involvement in offense

  • Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, right, and wide receiver Brandon Marshall sit on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, right, and wide receiver Brandon Marshall sit on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) makes a touchdown reception in the end zone during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) makes a touchdown reception in the end zone during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall understands he's going to turn heads when he speaks out, given his well-publicized struggles with mental illness.

He also wanted to make a few things clear. His illness is behind him. It's important to express himself and he wants the ball.

Marshall wasn't backing down on Tuesday after venting a bit about a lack of catches in Sunday's loss to New Orleans. He says he's "not a politician" while adding he's "paid to make plays."

The Bears are coming off back-to-back losses after a 3-0 start, with the winless New York Giants coming to Soldier Field on Thursday night, and Marshall clearly wants to be more involved after being neutralized by the Saints.

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