Marshall back in flow at Broncos' drills

DENVER -- Brandon Marshall may be back in the mix offensively at practice but it remains unclear whether the Broncos' disgruntled wideout will make his preseason debut in Denver's game Sunday against Chicago.

Denver coach Josh McDaniels said Marshall was fully involved in Tuesday's practice, the team's first workout since Saturday's 27-13 loss at Seattle. The practice, which was closed to the media, was cut short about 45 minutes because of bad weather.

"He did everything that we were doing there, he did our drills," McDaniels said. "We didn't get to finish practice obviously, but it was a nice crisp practice today."

He said it was too early to say whether Marshall would make his first appearance in the Chicago game, which already features the return of former Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.

"We'll find out as we go through the week," McDaniels said. "When the players are ready to play, they'll play."

McDaniels held Marshall out of the Seattle exhibition, saying the wide receiver wasn't prepared to take the field in a game. Marshall missed the team's exhibition opener against San Francisco with an injury.

Marshall, who like Cutler clashed with McDaniels and has tried unsuccessfully to force his way out of town, has only practiced a handful of times this offseason. A Pro Bowl receiver with 206 receptions the past two seasons, Marshall has sought a new contract and, after the Broncos did not act on his request, asked to be traded.

He pulled a hamstring on the first weekend of training camp and didn't return until a week ago. But after telling reporters that he still wasn't up to speed on the new playbook, Marshall found himself limited largely to scout team duties last week, imitating the routes that were to be run by Seahawks receivers for the benefit of the Broncos defense.

Nevertheless, on paper, Marshall may have at least reclaimed his starting status with the Broncos, though that also is unclear.

On the latest depth chart issued by the team, Marshall is listed as a No. 1 receiver. But he's one of four wideouts listed as starters on a 12-player depth chart. The team previously listed him in a No. 2 role.

McDaniels, meanwhile, took issue with the perception that the Marshall saga is weighing on him and the team.

"Nope," McDaniels said. "I think that's very inaccurate. We're going through our meetings. We're having practices. We're watching film, getting ready for opponents and again, he's [Marshall] part of all that. We're just getting ready to play the season. That's what we're doing."


McDaniels, per the team's limited disclosure policy, declined to give an update on backup quarterback Chris Simms, who suffered an ankle injury during the Seattle game. He did not practice Tuesday.