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Brandon Marshall has screws removed from right foot

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- For much of the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl season, there was a part of linebacker Brandon Marshall that couldn't wait for it to be over.

And that part would have been his right foot.

It's not that Marshall wasn't enjoying his work in the league's No. 1 defense -- he did, immensely -- but the two screws in his right foot were an issue throughout the season. That was especially true after one of the screws had broken into two pieces. The screws were put in following the 2014 season as Marshall dealt with an injury down the stretch.

Or as Marshall often put it, "I can't wait to get them out."

Friday was the day. Marshall, an active social media participant, took to Twitter with a picture of his right foot:

Marshall tweeted out a "correction" later that only 1 1/2 screws were removed.

Doctors elected to leave half of the broken screw in Marshall's foot because removing the whole thing involved a three-month recovery as opposed to four weeks. So Marshall would be ready when the Broncos open their offseason program April 18 -- the date that was sent to the players this week.

Even with the screws in his foot and the pain that came with them at times, Marshall started 16 games -- he played only a few plays in the regular-season finale because of an ankle injury -- and finished with his second consecutive 100-tackle season. He was second on the team with 101 tackles.

Marshall is a restricted free agent, meaning he could attract an offer sheet from another team, but the Broncos are expected to tender him with among the highest available levels.