Hear that? That is the sound of a collective sigh of relief in Broncos Country. Brandon Marshall, who was scheduled to miss the first two to three games of the season for violating the League's Conduct Policy won his appeal, having the suspension cut in half. Marshall will now miss just one game - next week's opener against the Raiders - and will be permitted to come back September 9th in preperation for the Broncos' Home Opener against the Chargers.
Per NFL.com --
Marshall will be suspended for one game without pay plus an additional fine of one game check. He will begin the suspension on Aug. 30 and miss the Broncos' regular-season opener against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 8. He is eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 9.
Marshall was in New York on Tuesday to appeal his three-game suspension.
Earlier this month NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Marshall over a series of off-the-field misdeeds, most notably his March 6 arrest on a domestic violence warrant filed by his former girlfriend in Atlanta. No charges have been filed in that case.
Marshall caught 102 passes for 1,325 yards and 7 touchdowns last season and has shown no falloff this summer despite suffering a gash on his right arm that required emergency surgery this spring and sidelined him for almost all of the team's offseason field work.
This is obviously great news for the Broncos. The Raiders game is a must-win with or without Marshall, and frankly, the Broncos should be able to beat the silver and black without their best receiver. Knowing he'll be back for Week 2 should motivate the team to get it done in his absence.
Hopefully this is the end of just a bad chapter in the book of Brandon Marshall's life and the rest of the story has nothing but happy endings and shiny, glistening trophies!