Marshall Missing From Broncos' Practice
There's no word out of Broncos camp as yet about why Marshall was absent. He could have aggravated his hip injury during practice on Wednesday, when he was a full participant, or it could have something to do with his ongoing unhappiness about his contract. The third, and most intriguing, option is that it could have something to do with his trade demand.
Teams around the league now have a pretty good idea about what they have at wide receiver entering the season, and there's been renewed chatter from some of them about upgrading that position. The Jets and Ravens, for example, are said to be monitoring the Eagles to see if their deep corps yields any players who could bolster their iffy talent at the position.
The Jets, in particular, seem like an intriguing option for a Marshall deal. They have Jerricho Cotchery and a lot of question marks at wideout at present. New York general manager Mike Tannenbaum has shown willingness to make bold moves in the past. With Mark Sanchez officially installed as the starter, the team may be looking to surround him with as much talent as possible in order to make his job as easy as possible.
For now, though, all we know is that Marshall is again away from the field and that it is highly unlikely he'll be on the field when Jay Cutler returns to Denver on Sunday night.
(Update: Broncos coach Josh McDaniels did not specifically say why Marshall was not at practice, but a news report from Denver's ABC affiliate may have shed some light. The video shows clips from Wednesday's Denver practice -- Marshall is seen walking through drills, angrily punting a football and swatting balls to the ground instead of attempting to catch them.)