MAR­SHALL WIN­NER OF GOOD GUY AWARD

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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.”

In­jury re­port.

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.

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