NFL commish: Decision on Marshall’s fate coming soon |

NFL commish: Decision on Marshall’s fate coming soon

Jeff Legwold
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado

CANTON, Ohio ” Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall will know his disciplinary fate in the coming days.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday the league was in “the final stages” of reviewing Marshall’s case and said he expected to make a decision by early next week on the punishment Marshall will face for violating the league’s conduct policy.

Goodell is attending the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this weekend and monitoring the negotiations between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers about Favre’s potential return to the field, so he is not expected to get to other issues again until at least Monday.

“But we are in the final stages of that,” Goodell said. “We’ve had a hearing, we’ve had discussions. We’ve got a little more work to do ” which was actually done (Friday) morning ” and we should be making a ruling very shortly.”

Marshall, as well as former Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith and his Denver-based attorney Harvey Steinberg, met with Goodell earlier this month to review Marshall’s off-the-field troubles in addition to discuss the discipline he could face from the league.

On Friday, Goodell said when he met with Marshall or meets with any other player in regard to the conduct policy, he wants to review what has happened to the player thus far and also hear the player’s plan for the future.

“First is to understand all the facts, to understand all the perspective,” Goodell said. “So we clearly understand the circumstances in which an incident or incidents occurred. Then we also look at the individual player and how they view the incident and how they view their behavior and how they understand that there are consequences with the kind of action they may have been involved with.

“They also understand what I expect of them and I communicate with them what I expect of them as an NFL player.”

Goodell has traditionally levied stricter penalties on players he deems “repeat offenders” and most who have had extended discussions about the conduct policy with the commissioner say Goodell is intent on hearing a player’s plan to avoid additional trouble beyond simply saying there won’t be any more trouble.

Smith has said he intends to mentor Marshall, who led the Broncos in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns (102 for 1,325 yards and seven TDs) last season.

If Marshall were to be suspended for four games, he would miss the Broncos’ first three AFC West games ” Denver faces Oakland, San Diego and Kansas City in the first month of the season.

Even if suspended, Marshall can continue to practice in training camp and play in all of the Broncos preseason games.

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