Denver Broncos wide reciever Brandon Marshall was given a suspension by his team Friday morning for what the Broncos called “detrimental conduct”.
Marshall demanded to be traded immediately following the trade of quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears for two first round picks and quarterback Kyle Orton in early April.
More recently, Marshall has been holding out, claiming that he has yet to learn the offensive playbook of new Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels. He has also told the team that he wants a new contract.
Marshall has been a great player on the field in his second and third seasons for Denver. Though he only caught 20 passes in his 2006 rookie year, he had back-to-back 100+ reception seasons in 2007 and 2008, with 102 and 104 respectively. He had 1,325 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns in 2007, and 1,265 receiving yard with 7 touchdowns last season.
Marshall was elected, along with then-teammate Jay Cutler, to his first Pro Bowl following the 2008 season.
The suspension was originally reported as indefinite, but was it was later specified that it ends on September 5th. “We look forward to having him back here on September 6th”, coach Josh McDaniels said to the press following the suspension.
McDaniels also said, “Everybody agrees this is the right thing to do for the organization.”