Brandon Marshall didn’t enjoy his single-game receptions record much.
That’s because his 21 catches came in Denver’s 28-16 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday.
“I believe it was one of those games where, whenever you accomplish something like that, it definitely feels good,” he said. “But we have goals, and our only goal is to win games. I’d definitely trade in a couple of those catches for a win.”
Marshall surpassed the mark San Francisco’s Terrell Owens set when he made 20 catches against Chicago on Dec. 17, 2000. He finished with 200 yards and two touchdowns and bettered his team record of 18 catches, set on Sept. 14, 2008 against San Diego.
He tied Owens’ mark on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Orton in the fourth quarter. He set the record on Denver’s final offensive play when he gained 7 yards on a fourth-down play before lateraling to lineman Chris Kuper for 7 more yards.
Marshall felt good about his chances for success against the Colts.
“I went to my receiving coach (Adam Gase) before the game and I told him, ‘I think this is going to be the best game I’ve ever played,’ ” Marshall said. “Just because of the environment, the situation of playing the Colts. I believe big players step up in big games, and this was a big game for us.”
Marshall had 10 catches at halftime and 15 at the end of the third quarter. He was told he was nearing the record.
“Someone came up to me and said I was close, but I didn’t have an idea of where I was,” he said.
Double trouble for Gradkowski
Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Bruce Gradkowski injured both knees in a losing effort against Washington on Sunday.
Gradkowski injured his left knee while getting sacked in the first quarter and then the right while trying to avoid a pass rusher in the closing minute of the first half. Gradkowski, who left the game with the Raiders trailing 17-10, was diagnosed with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee and a partially torn MCL in his right knee. He will have an MRI on today.
Elsewhere on the injury front …
Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware was hospitalized in Arlington, Texas, with a sprained neck, sustained early in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ loss to San Diego when he slammed headfirst into a Chargers lineman. The Cowboys said Ware was “aware and alert with full movement and strength in his extremities.” He was transported to the hospital for X-rays and further evaluation. … Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith left the game against Baltimore after crumpling to the ground in the open field when his left knee gave out.