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Marshall suspended by Broncos

Associated Press / August 29, 2009

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Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall, openly unhappy with the Denver Broncos, was suspended by the team for the rest of the preseason for what coach Josh McDaniels called “detrimental’’ conduct.

Marshall, who has brooded since demanding a trade and asking for a new contract, was informed of the suspension by McDaniels yesterday. The banishment runs through Sept. 5.

“We tried to handle this situation with Brandon as privately and professionally as we could throughout the entire process with he and his agent, Kennard McGuire,’’ McDaniels said. “This morning, we made the decision as an organization to go ahead and suspend Brandon. We’ll look forward to having him back on Sept. 6 as we begin our preparations for Cincinnati’’ in a Sept. 13 opener.

McDaniels did not single out a specific episode but said the suspension resulted from a series of incidents, though some boorish antics during the team’s practice Wednesday - after he had been warned about such conduct that very morning - seemed to be the final straw for the coach.

“His actions didn’t really change after that warning. That leads us to today,’’ McDaniels said.

During pre-practice warmups Wednesday, Marshall walked while the rest of the team ran. He punted a ball away instead of handing it to a ball boy and swatted a pass thrown to him. His actions were caught on video and broadcast by KMGH-TV. Marshall told ESPN Thursday night he wasn’t trying to force a trade through insubordination but that frustration got the best of him.

Tight end Daniel Graham was concerned enough about Marshall’s behavior at practice that the former Patriot said he talked to him about it several times. “We’ve had a few conversations and Brandon, he’s running his own ship,’’ Graham said. “He’s doing what he feels is best for him.’’

For all the tension and disagreement between the receiver and his coach and organization, McDaniels said he hasn’t given up on the notion that the sides can work things out.

“I’m not sure necessarily if I think it will or I think it won’t [work out],’’ McDaniels said. “I’m just hopeful that it will, because obviously he’s a talented football player.’’

Monitoring situation in Dallas
Jerry Jones can keep his video boards right where they are, at least for this season. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell clarified rules on punts that ricochet off the high-definition monitors hanging over most of the field at the new Cowboys Stadium. Perhaps the key part of his announcement is that the guidelines cover only this season, an indication the league may force Jones to raise the boards before the 2010 season, which ends with the Super Bowl in his building. The league clearly wouldn’t want even the remote possibility of a championship decided by a ball hitting a TV screen. While the video boards are 90 feet above the field, 5 feet higher than the league’s standard, the ease Tennessee punters had kicking balls into the boards before - and once during - last Saturday night’s debut game indicates that standard might need revision. The rules call for the down to be replayed if a ball strikes a video board . . . Cowboys receiver Roy Williams has only a bruised shoulder from a hard collision with a teammate, but is expected to miss the preseason game against the 49ers tonight.

Packers start fast, hang on
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers had a preseason performance of near perfection in the first half. Then Matt Leinart had a big second half with the Cardinals’ reserves. Rodgers threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns to open a 28-point halftime lead, then the Green Bay reserves barely held off the Leinart-led rally for a 44-37 victory in Glendale, Ariz. The Packers’ No. 1 offense had four touchdowns and a field goal in their six first-half possessions . . . Bears defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek will be placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL in his right knee . . . The Jets claimed punter Glenn Pakulak off waivers from New Orleans, and waived punter Ken Parrish. Pakulak will compete against Reggie Hodges for the starting job.

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