And that means everything, even the parts that cause him to smile now.
“I knew I was going to be OK after the game. I was able to drive," Marshall said after Friday’s practice “ … I didn’t have any headaches, everything was good. I just had to go through the protocol.’"
Marshall, who is the Broncos’ leading tackler, suffered a concussion on a fourth-quarter interception return by Denver safety T.J. Ward. After Ward grabbed the deflected pass, Marshall went to block Dolphins tight end Dion Sims, who is 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds.
“I tried to block No. 80; I hit him with the side of my helmet," Marshall said. “ … I remember everything, I was just dizzy. I couldn’t stand up, I tried to run and fell – twice. He’s like 270; I didn’t know he was that big. Damn, because it didn’t look like it fazed him at all. I tried to hit him and he just shrugged it off. I’m like, ‘Damn.’ I knew he was big, I didn’t know he was solid like that. It didn’t faze him, which was disappointing to me."
Marshall was cleared to begin light exercise before the team’s Thanksgiving practice and was then evaluated again following that workout by the independent physician – per the league’s concussion protocol – and cleared to return to full participation. As a result, Marshall took part fully in Friday’s workout and said following practice he expects to take his “normal" workload in Sunday night's game in Kansas City.
Marshall has played on 95.5 percent of the defense’s snaps this season since entering the lineup at weakside linebacker in training camp for the injured Danny Trevathan.
“We’ll take every healthy guy we can," said Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. “Brandon has stepped in for Danny and done a nice job for us. We’re preparing the other guys in case we have another pop up right in the middle of the game. So you continue to work your backup guys, but him getting cleared is a good sign for us."
Trevathan, who has suffered two separate fractures in his lower left leg this season, has been on injured reserve-designated to return. Trevathan began to practice this week and will be eligible to be moved back on to the active roster before the Dec. 14 game against the San Diego Chargers.
“It’s going to be great when we get Danny back," Marshall said. “It’s going to open some things up for us. Almost our whole corps of linebackers will be back … somebody going to have to split time, me or somebody else. I’m just happy because we have one goal this year."