- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 29, 2009

Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall, openly unhappy with the Denver Broncos, was suspended by the team through Sept. 5 for what coach Josh McDaniels called “detrimental” conduct.

Marshall, who has brooded since demanding a trade and asking for a new contract, was informed Friday of the suspension.

“We tried to handle this situation with Brandon as privately and professionally as we could throughout the entire process with he and his agent, Kennard McGuire,” McDaniels said. “This morning, we made the decision as an organization to go ahead and suspend Brandon. We’ll look forward to having him back on Sept. 6 as we begin our preparations for Cincinnati,” the team’s Sept. 13 opener.

McDaniels did not single out a specific episode but said the suspension resulted from a series of incidents. Boorish antics during the team’s practice Wednesday - including kicking away a football instead of giving it to a ball boy after he had been warned about such conduct that morning - seemed to be the final straw for the coach.

“His actions didn’t really change after that warning. That leads us to today,” McDaniels said.

COWBOYS: Receiver Roy Williams has only a bruised shoulder from a hard collision with a teammate but still may not play against San Francisco on Saturday.

“We’ll kind of see how that restricts him as far as the next few days, this weekend and into next week,” team owner Jerry Jones said. “We’ll just play it by ear. He had good movement, good strength in it today, but he was sore.”

Williams banged into cornerback Orlando Scandrick while going for a pass near the goal line during a practice at the team’s new stadium Thursday night. X-rays showed no broken bones.

Also, the NFL competition committee said a football hitting the video board at Cowboys Stadium will result in an immediate stoppage of the play and a replay of the down. In the decision, commissioner Roger Goodell said these guidelines cover only the 2009 season, an indication the league may force Jones to raise the boards before the 2010 season.

LIONS: Coach Jim Schwartz said Daunte Culpepper will start Detroit’s third preseason game and insisted the quarterback competition with Matthew Stafford is still open.

Schwartz said not to read much into Culpepper starting, saying he could wait until just before the season opener to pick a starter.

BEARS: Defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek is going on injured reserve with a torn ACL in his right knee.

On Friday, Dvoracek underwent arthroscopic surgery after initial tests were inconclusive about damage to his right knee from Saturday’s preseason game with the New York Giants.

PACKERS: Starting wide receiver Greg Jennings left Friday night’s game at Arizona early in the first quarter after a blow to the head.

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