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Broncos star receiver Marshall is benched

By The Associated Press
Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels announced Friday that he's benching Brandon Marshall, his Pro Bowl wide receiver, for the team's pivotal season finale against Kansas City on Sunday.

"Our word for the week has been accountability. And we're looking to put the 45 guys on the field on Sunday that want to play together, want to help us try to win and qualify for the playoffs," McDaniels said. "... And anybody that showed any indifference to that, we'll play without them.

Marshall suggested he couldn't have played anyway after pulling his right hamstring at practice this week.

McDaniels insinuated on the podium that Marshall was exaggerating the extent of his injury and was unaccountable to the team. The Pro Bowl receiver responded from his locker by noting McDaniels never played in the NFL and hinting he might be getting called out by his coach because the Broncos' season is unraveling.

» Josh Cribbs believes he'll have a new contract soon, despite the recent shakeup in the Browns' front office. Cribbs, who's been asking for a new deal since training camp, said a few weeks ago the team assured him something would be done by the end of the season. With Cleveland's final game two days away, that doesn't seem likely. But Cribbs says new team president Mike Holmgren already has been in contact with his agent.

» The Jaguars will be without three starters in their season finale at Cleveland — wide receiver Torry Holt (hand), tight end Marcedes Lewis (concussion) and cornerback Rashean Mathis (groin) didn't practice all week and were officially ruled out yesterday.

» Titans defensive tackle Tony Brown will miss Sunday's game because of a knee problem.

» Cornerback Donald Strickland will miss the Jets' game Sunday because of strained quadriceps, while punter Steve Weatherford is questionable with a tweaked hamstring.

» Michael Vick practiced again yesterday and is expected to be the Eagles' backup quarterback Sunday.

» The Bills signed offensive tackle Nick Hennessey off their practice squad and placed rookie linebacker Nic Harris (knee) on injured reserve. Also, safety/linebacker Bryan Scott (head) has been ruled out for Sunday's game.

» Panthers signed linebacker Mortty Ivy, a former West Virginia star, from the practice squad to take the spot of injured receiver Steve Smith (forearm).



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