Monday, August 4, 2008
Marshall could miss up to three games if suspended
ESPN.com news services
DENVER -- Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be suspended for three games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to a report on the NFL Network.
The report cited NFL sources. It also said the suspension could be trimmed to two games if Marshall agrees to undergo counseling.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, however, told The Associated Press on Monday that the league had nothing to report regarding Marshall.
"As soon as we have something, we will announce it," Aiello said.
Marshall met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the commissioner's New York office on July 18.
Marshall is scheduled to go on trial in September after a drunk driving arrest in October 2007. In addition to that arrest, he was arrested on a domestic-violence warrant filed by his former girlfriend in Atlanta on March 6. Charges were dropped.
He has been arrested three times since joining the NFL in 2006.
Marshall caught 102 passes for 1,325 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
If he is suspended, Marshall will still be able to practice during the preseason. However, he will miss the start of the regular season and can't practice after Sept. 2 while he is suspended. Denver opens Sept. 8 in Oakland, then hosts San Diego on Sept. 14.
Marshall and the Broncos had hoped to hear back from Goodell by now but realize the commissioner had his hands full dealing with the Brett Favre saga.
With Favre reinstated, they're expecting to hear something very soon.
As he brushed past reporters on his way into the locker room after practice Monday, Marshall said he hadn't heard about any possible punishment.
"Nope. Nope," he said. "I'm just playing."
And playing well.
Marshall emerged as quarterback Jay Cutler's primary target during a breakout 2007 season, but in March he needed surgery on his right arm after he fell into a television set, he said, while horsing around with his brother.
Despite missing most of the team's offseason workouts as a result, Marshall has put aside any worries about his health or Goodell's pending verdict to consistently shine at practice.
"He doesn't deserve any of that because he is not a bad guy," cornerback Dre Bly said. "You hear stuff about what the other guys are doing. He is out here working hard, and he is ready to go.
"I'm hoping Brandon will be with us the first couple of games because he is a big part of what we do."
All the while, the Broncos have been bracing for a two- to four-game suspension while hoping Marshall simply gets a warning.
Coach Mike Shanahan has grown tired of answering questions about Marshall's status.
"It's the same as when I was asked a week ago. I have nothing to report. I will comment to you when I hear something," Shanahan said Monday. "If I made comments every time I heard a rumor, I'll be talking to you every day and have to answer every question you ask. Let's deal with reality. We'll let you guys know when we know something."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.