Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Once again, Brandon Marshall has struck back at a detractor.
This time, it is Miami linebacker Joey Porter.
After Miami beat Denver Sunday, a game Marshall was held to a season-low two catches, Porter said the Dolphins got in Marshall's head and said the receiver was soft. The two were jawing at each other at the end of the third quarter and had to be separated by an official
Tuesday, Marshall shot back -- hard and colorfully. He called Porter soft, too and he had plenty more to say.
"All those muscles are popcorn muscles -- he's soft," Marshall said. "We hear stories floating around the league all the time about him as far as in the nightclubs dancing with his shirt off like a girl, or in the playground getting beat up back in California. He's one of those guys that, no matter how big he is, he still can get knocked on his butt. He's soft. He's soft at heart. You can tell the way he talks."
A Marshall rebuttal is nothing new. In the summer, when Dallas was in Denver for a joint workout with the Broncos, Dallas cornerback Adam Jones said Marshall didn't compare to Cowboys' receiver Terrell Owens. Later that day, Marshall hit the field, wearing a sign on his jersey saying that Jones didn't compare to Denver cornerback Champ Bailey.