Broncos bracing for news on Marshall

July, 24, 2008
7/24/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

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There are some nervous people at Dove Valley in wake of Brandon Marshall's meeting last week with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell is supposed make a decision whether to suspend Marshall after a series of off-field issues. There is a concern that Marshall could be suspended, perhaps for as long as four games.

Denver coach Mike Shanahan addressed the situation today without getting into detail or speculation on how long Marshall could be suspended. However, Shanahan admitted that Marshall's meeting with Goodell was not "a good sign." A source with first-hand information said the meeting between Marshall and Goodell was productive.

"You are always concerned any time the commissioner calls you in to have a meeting," Shanahan said. "It's obviously not a good sign. We have a commissioner who is very strong on conduct policy. They had a chance to talk at length and we'll wait for his ruling. I cannot tell you exactly where he is at. I have no idea, But I would anticipate a decision would come out within a week."

While Marshall's ability to get on the field may be affected by league, he is mending physically. Marshall suffered serious arm issue when he fell through glass in March. He suffered nerve damage but Shanahan said Marshall will be ready for training camp, which begins Friday.

"He's fine. He's 100 percent; he's ready to go. According to [strength and conditioning Coach] Rich Tuten, there have been no setbacks, and hopefully he can keep it up," Shanahan said.

The Broncos would surely miss Marshall, who had 102 catches last season, if he is suspended for any amount of games. He is the favorite target of quarterback Jay Cutler and the offense would have to make some significant adjustments in his absence. Darrell Jackson, Keary Colbert and Brandon Stokley will all need to have an increased role if Marshall is suspended.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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