ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall was formally listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round game against the Indianapolis Colts in Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
But Marshall, the team’s leading tackler, who has not played since the Broncos’ Dec. 14 win in San Diego because of a foot injury, said he believes he crossed a hurdle in his recovery during Friday’s practice.
"Definitely," Marshall said following the practice. "(Friday) I felt the best, I was able to get out there and sprint like I haven’t sprinted in three weeks. I feel good, we’ll see what happens as far as the lineup."
Marshall has practiced on a limited basis all week, including Friday. But indications are, unless Marshall has some kind of setback or doesn’t look comfortable in the team’s on-field work on Saturday, that he would be back in the lineup against the Colts.
Before his injury Marshall had seven games when he played every defensive snap. He missed the final two games of the season and still played 81.2 percent of the defensive snaps for the season. Friday, Marshall said he knew before practice he was going to have a good day.
"I got past it, (Friday) was the day I really woke up and felt better, I was more confident when I was practicing," Marshall said. "And when I was running I felt great."
Despite missing the last two games of the regular season, Marshall finished with 36 more tackles than safety T.J. Ward -- 110 tackles for Marshall to Ward’s 74.
"In my mind, I know I could go," Marshall said. "I know I could play. It just depends on what the coaches want to do, what the training staff wants to do. In my mind I can go, so we'll see what happens."