Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall is free to play the upcoming season, providing his surgically repaired hip allows it.
The NFL informed Marshall on Tuesday that he won’t face disciplinary action from the NFL over his latest arrest in a domestic dispute.
The Pro Bowl receiver was arrested March 1 in Atlanta following a fight with his new fiance. Charges were dropped the next day when Marshall and his fiancée, Michi Leshase Nogami-Campbell, refused to testify against each other.
“Brandon is thrilled,” said Marshall’s lawyer, Harvey Steinberg. “I’ve always maintained that the NFL would treat us fairly. We felt if they took the time to do a thorough investigation, which they did, there would be no basis for discipline. That was the finding. We’re thrilled.”
Steinberg said Marshall received a letter from commissioner Roger Goodell clearing him but also cautioning him to steer clear of trouble.
“The letter in summary says: We’ve done a full and complete investigation of the situation, and because it’s not clear what took place we don’t feel there’s a basis for discipline,” Steinberg said. “He (Goodell) expected Brandon to toe the line and Brandon will toe the line.”
Marshall missed last year’s opener for a series of police-related incidents with his former girlfriend. He had been suspended for three games, but he and Steinberg, successfully had the punishment whittled to one game plus two paychecks totaling $52,352 when Marshall pledged to stay out of trouble and off the police blotter.
Marshall caught 104 passes for 1,265 yards and six touchdowns last season. But he dropped 18 on-target passes, something he blamed on the nerve damage in his right arm, which he said he put through a television set while horsing around with his brother a year ago during the offseason.
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