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Broncos notes: Marshall not slacking

By: FRANK SCHWAB
August 18, 2009
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photo - Broncos receiver Eddie Royal took a pass off the helmet as cornerback Rashod Moulton watched during Tuesday's drills. Photo by AP PHOTO
Broncos receiver Eddie Royal took a pass off the helmet as cornerback Rashod Moulton watched during Tuesday's drills. Photo by AP PHOTO 

Even if Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall still isn’t fully happy with his contract, he didn’t show any signs of being upset during Tuesday’s practice.

Marshall, who didn’t speak to the media after practice, made a few nice catches and even ran down on the scout punt team. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels wouldn’t discuss reports that Marshall asked again for a new contract and then resubmitted a trade request, but said he didn’t think Marshall would be a long-term distraction for the club.

“Brandon’s out here performing the way that he’s capable of performing,” McDaniels said. “So, I don’t have a reason to feel otherwise.”

Marshall missed about two weeks with a hamstring injury, returning to the field Sunday. McDaniels didn’t say for certain what role Marshall would have in Saturday’s preseason game at Seattle, if any.

“Certainly every day is a day he gathers more information about our offense and our system,” McDaniels said. “We’ll make that decision as we go forward here, but there’s certainly a chance that he can be on the field.”

Odds and ends

Defensive end Le Kevin Smith, acquired via trade with New England on Monday, practiced on Tuesday. He lined up mostly with the third team. “There’s still a lot to learn,” Smith said. “They have me on the fast track to learning it.” … McDaniels wouldn’t say if safety Brian Dawkins, who is practicing with a club cast on his injured right hand, will play Saturday.

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