December 2009 - Denver Broncos Wiretap
Ailing Marshall Expected To Play
Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall expects to play against the Chiefs on Sunday despite a hamstring injury. Marshall suffered the injury on Wednesday and Denver needs a win against Kansas City to help their playoff chances. He sat out practice for the second straight day Thursday with a strained right hamstring.
Marshall Injures Hamstring In Practice
Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall injured his right hamstring early in practice on Wednesday. Denver didn't have second-year receiver Eddie Royal in practice, meaning they could be thin at the position for Sunday's vital game against the Chiefs.
Seven Teams Alive For AFC's Wild Card Berths
With just one weekend left in the regular season there are seven teams fighting for the AFC's two Wild Card berths. The Colts and Chargers have locked down the first and second seeds, respectively, and will have first-round byes. The Patriots and Bengals have each won their division and at 10-5 Sunday's outcomes will decide which team wins the third seed. Currently, the Broncos and Jets hold the Wild Card spots, but the Ravens, Texans, Steelers, Dolphins and Jaguars are all still alive. Even if Denver wins, they would lose tiebreakers to Jets and Ravens if both New York and Baltimore win as well. The Jets can clinch a playoff berth if they win. Baltimore controls their own destiny as well. A victory gives them a tie-breaker edge over Denver even if the Broncos win. The Texans need to win and see the two of the three teams ahead of them (Denver, New York and Baltimore) lose. The Steelers would get in with a win and a loss by two of the three teams above them (Houston, New York and Baltimore). In order for the Dolphins to make the postseason they need to win and see the Jets, Ravens, Texans and Jaguars lose. The Jaguars have the lowest odds. They need to win and watch at least four of the six teams ahead of them lose.
Stokley Ejected After Making Contact With Ref
Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley was ejected in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Eagles after accidentally swatting a referee during an argument. Stokley was arguing that he was interfered with on a third-and-1 pass over the middle. He threw his fist in the air in anger and inadvertently poked the ref's finger.
Royal Won't Play Against Eagles
Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal will not play on Sunday against the Eagles. Royal missed every practice this week with neck and hand injuries and was absent from Friday's indoor workout. He has 37 catches for 345 yards this season.
Boos In Philly Won't Bother Dawkins
Broncos safety Brian Dawkins won't be bothered if fans in Philadelphia greet him with boos on Sunday. Dawkins played for the Eagles for 13 seasons before signing with Denver as a free agent this past offseason. "They are die-hard for their team," Dawkins said Wednesday. "If you're on the opposing team, you are no longer on their team. I don't expect 100 percent cheers out there." Eagles coach Andy Reid believes that fans at Lincoln Financial Field will greet Dawkins warmly. "Philly is a blue-collar place," said Dawkins. "They work hard for what they have. ... They want someone to care as much as they do. If they don't feel like you're giving your all, if they don't feel like you're pouring yourself out on the field, then they're going to let you know about it."
Eagles Could Have Westbrook Against Broncos
The Eagles could get running back Brian Westbrook back for Sunday's game against the Broncos. "We'll know more here by tomorrow," Eagles coach Andy Reid said at his Monday news conference about the possibility of Westbrook playing. "Right now it looks pretty good." Westbrook has suffered two concussions this season. "I think he'll be pretty fresh," Reid said. "He'll have fresh legs out there. Obviously he's not going to play the whole game. [We will] make sure we keep track of how many plays he plays if it comes down to that."
Marshall Honors Henry During Warmups
Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall honored Bengals receiver Chris Henry by wearing "Henry" on the back of his jersey during warmups. Marshall, who wears No. 15 like Henry, had his own name displayed by the time Denver's game against Oakland started. ProFootballTalk points out that Marshall could face a stiff fine. The following picture, which was posted on Twitter, shows Marshall honoring Henry: http://twitpic.com/uecmc
Shanahan Moving Closer To Deal With Redskins
Mike Shanahan has been in discussions to become the Washington Redskins' next head coach, according to two NFL sources. The two sides still have some issues to work through, however, before an agreement is reached. One NFL source said that when Shanahan spoke with the Buffalo Bills last month about their new front-office/coaching openings, Allen was to be included in the package there.
Frye To Start For Raiders Against Broncos
The Raiders will start quarterback Charlie Frye on Sunday afternoon against the Broncos. Oakland coach Tom Cable said on Wednesday that JaMarcus Russell will be the team's backup quarterback, while newly-signed J.P. Losman will be the third-stringer. "It will be good to get back out there with the offense and run some plays that aren't on cards," Frye joked. "I've got a lot of fire in me. I've been that crutch and that supportive guy all season, so now it's my turn to be the fiery leader."
Marshall Sets NFL Record With 21 Catches
Brandon Marshall finished the game with 200 yards and two touchdowns.