A day after Brandon Marshall turned a question about Jay Cutler’s comfort level in the Chicago Bears’ offense into an answer about his role in the offense and the health of his hip the wide receiver was beginning a four-day excused absence from the club.

Coach Marc Trestman said after practice that it was a pre-approved absence for Marshall who will not be at the preseason game Thursday night at Soldier Field.

“This was a planned-out miss today for personal reasons” Trestman said. “I let him go for personal reasons. But something that has been part of the offseason plan since started training camp.”

Pressed on whether Marshall’s absence was related to his hip which he had complained about Tuesday Trestman did not pair the two things up.

“I’d rather just leave it to personal reasons out of respect to Brandon” Trestman said. “But it’s all good. As I have said when I let guys go for personal reasons it’s all good. It’s not reflective of anything other than I gave him time off. He will be back on Sunday.”

The Bears used the explanation of “personal reasons” for middle linebacker Brian Urlacher when he left training camp last summer to have a follow-up on the alternative treatment he sought for his troublesome knee -- Regenokine therapy.

Marshall vented on Tuesday when asked about Cutler’s fit in the offense.

“I'm still trying to figure out my role and my place in this offense” Marshall said. “Trying to get healthy and we'll see where it takes us.”

Marshall underwent arthroscopic hip surgery in January for the third time in his career after he set franchise records with 118 receptions for 1508 yards. He had previous hip surgeries in 2009 and 2010. Marshall was given nearly the entire offseason off. He did return to the field for the minicamp in mid-June the final segment of the offseason program but was shut down before it ended.

Marshall passed a physical to begin training camp and was given periodic rest during the team’s stay in Bourbonnais including the preseason opener at Carolina Aug. 9. The plan is for Marshall and most – if not all – starters to be sidelined Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field.

“I really can’t” Trestman said Tuesday when asked if he could say where Marshall was physically. “I mean I watch ... I know this: Brandon is working his tail off to try to get himself ready. He feels a sense of urgency because the season is (11) days away. He’s a highly competitive man. An elite player. He can only comment on how he feels. You saw him out on the field at Soldier Field. So you saw that he does have those moments where he can practice and work at a very high level. There’s been days that haven’t gone so well for him and then he’ll bounce back. I don’t know how he feels. I know he’s trying to push himself through. I know he’s doing everything he can to try and get himself ready.”

In his seven-year career Marshall has missed only five-regular season games and Cutler didn’t seem to be overly concerned with his favorite target’s status a day ago.

“It’s B” Cutler said of Marshall. “He’s going to take it hard for a couple of days and then he’ll snap out of it and he’ll be the guy we need next week. This week we don’t need him so he can stay on the ledge for a couple more days and then come back next week.