Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall didn't travel with the team for a Saturday night preseason game in Seattle.



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Marshall, who has completely recovered from offseason hip surgery and is ready to play, has most recently expressed dismay with the Broncos over their refusal to redo his contract or trade him and with their handling of his acquittal on battery charges last week, when players were told by a staffer not to say they were happy for him.

Marshall had boycotted the Broncos' offseason workouts, at first to recover from the surgery but then in protest of his contract and what he felt was the team's misdiagnosis of his hip injury.

Coach Josh McDaniels said after practice Thursday that he hadn't decided on playing plans for Marshall, who missed the preseason opener at San Francisco last week while attending his court case in Atlanta.

But McDaniels said he would meet with his staff later to determine whether Marshall would play.


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After practice Thursday, Marshall spent more than 30 minutes talking with special teams coordinator Mike Phifer at midfield while former Broncos great Rod Smith spent the same amount of time tutoring second-year wideout Eddie Royal about 60 yards away.

Smith formerly served as Marshall's mentor after the fourth-year pro was suspended for last season's opener over a series of domestic disputes.

Reporters were shooed away before getting a chance to speak with either Marshall or Smith, who declined an invitation to go to the media room, according to a team spokesman.