MARSHALL WINNER OF GOOD GUY AWARD
Brandon Marshall was disappointed when he wasn’t chosen for the Pro Bowl, but the Denver inside linebacker picked up an award Friday.
Marshall was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award, presented by the Denver chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America.
The annual award is voted on by the Denver media based upon the Broncos player who shows cooperation with the media in both good and bad times.
“It means a lot,” Marshall said, “because I was raised on integrity. I know that I’ve done a good job in trying to become the best man that I can be. I’m not perfect, nobody is, but still striving to be a great person each day.”
Marshall is the ninth consecutive defensive player to win the award. Terrance Knighton, a Broncos tackle at the time, won the award last season.
The award is named in honor of Williams, a Broncos cornerback who was killed in Denver in a drive-by shooting Jan. 1, 2007, after completing his second NFL season.
“I just heard that he was a great person. He always had high spirits and was an upbeat kind of guy,” Marshall said. “It’s definitely unfortunate what happened, but his legacy lives on.”
No player on the Denver roster has been ruled out for Sunday’s regular-season finale against San Diego at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Marshall and safety T.J. Ward are listed as questionable because of sprained ankles.
Coach Gary Kubiak said Ward should be able to make a start Sunday, but he may be on a snap count.
Kubiak said Marshall “has a shot” to play Sunday after he practiced Friday for the first time all week.
“I felt pretty decent, so hopefully I’ll be out there on Sunday,” Marshall said.
Marshall leads the Broncos with 101 tackles and is the defense’s play-caller. Inside linebacker Todd Davis would get the start if Marshall is unable to play.
Ward ranks third on the Denver defense with 58 tackles. The team missed his hardhitting presence in the secondary while he was out for three games.
“The good news is, I think, a week from now or two weeks from now, he is going to be pretty close to 100 percent,” Kubiak said of Ward.
The Broncos had 100 percent practice participation Friday for the first time since Sept. 24. Peyton Manning (foot) was listed as probable for Sunday’s game and will be the No. 2 quarterback, backing up Brock Osweiler.
Safety Omar Bolden is expected to be available for the first time since Dec. 6.