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Marshall's relationship with Broncos remains strained

By: FRANK SCHWAB
August 19, 2009
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photo - Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) played safety instead of his usual position during drills at the team’s NFL football training camp Wednesday.  Photo by AP PHOTO/David Zalubowski
Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) played safety instead of his usual position during drills at the team’s NFL football training camp Wednesday. Photo by AP PHOTO/David Zalubowski 

ENGLEWOOD — Brandon Marshall called himself “disgruntled” Wednesday. He didn’t need to say it out loud.

The Denver Broncos receiver was banished to the scout team offense for both practices. He never took a repetition with the normal offense in 11-on-11 work. When he was out of those drills, he usually stood by the defensive players, which was unusual. Offensive players and defensive players stand on separate sides of the sideline during practice. After the morning practice, he didn’t do fly patterns with his fellow receivers as part of the team’s conditioning. Then after practice he admitted the situation with the Broncos might be irreconcilable.

And why was Marshall never taking repetitions with the offense? As he said, he is “not even close” to learning the playbook.

“You can’t go out there and take reps with the ‘ones’ if you don’t know what you’re doing out there,” Marshall said.

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels didn’t explain why Marshall was only on the scout team.

“I’m not going to sit here and narrate the practice for you guys,” Marshall said.

Marshall has been upset since the offseason and requested a trade. Then Friday, he was upset when he said a public-relations staffer told the players not to act happy to the media about Marshall being found not guilty for a misdemeanor battery charge. Now he wonders if the relationship might be beyond repair.

“Unfortunately, sometimes it gets to that point,” Marshall said. “There are trust issues on both sides.”

 

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