Linebacker Brandon Marshall had himself one heck of a season in 2015. For the second-straight year, he eclipsed the 100-tackle mark, while also notching 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Although he was snubbed from the Pro Bowl, he did earn an All-Pro Honorable Mention. Perhaps more importantly, the Denver Broncos recognized him with as their 2015 Ed Block Courage Award recipient, as well as decorating him with their 2015 Darrent Williams Good Guy Award.
Astonishingly, Marshall played through 2015 with a broken screw in his surgically repair foot—implanted due to a Lisfranc injury suffered in 2014. That feat has been well-documented. However, what most didn't know is that he also played with a bad finger throughout the Broncos Super Bowl Championship season.
According to Andrew Mason, Marshall injured the finger on a famous play. In Week 2, at Arrowhead Stadium, he punched the ball out of Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles' hands, which was picked up by cornerback Bradley Roby and returned for a game-winning touchdown.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1668527-get-a-free-30-day-premium... Marshall gutted the pain and discomfort throughout the season, missing no time because of it. He did, however, miss a few snaps late in the season, due to a high ankle sprain.
The injury was severe enough to require surgery. Marshall has been recovering from the procedure, which has rendered him a spectator during the first three practices of Denver's Phase Three of OTAs.
"Right now I'm just rehabbing and focusing on getting my range of motion and my strength back," Marshall added. "So they're just holding me out so I don't do any more damage -- because I don't want to get another procedure on it."
Following Super Bowl 50, Marshall became a restricted free agent. The Broncos applied a second round tender on him, which will pay him $2.5 million in 2015.
Although he wants a long term deal from the Broncos, Marshall has shown leadership by not absenting himself from his team's Offseason Training Program. With Danny Trevathan gone, the Broncos want to lock Marshall up for the foreseeable future, but there's no rush to do so when he's locked in for 2015 under the second round RFA tender.
The Broncos are going to need Marshall, in their quest to repeat as the NFL's top defense, and Super Bowl champs. They led the league in 14 categories in 2015, and they've set their collective goal on leading in every defensive category.
Marshall expects to be back soon.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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