NFL to monitor Marshall

Charges of misdemeanor battery were filed against Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall stemming from an incident with his then-girlfriend in Atlanta this March, but that in itself likely won't lead to further discipline by the NFL.

The league knew about the case when Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Marshall in July.

The NFL did say that it will monitor the case. A court date has not been set. Marshall, who has already served a one-game suspension for violating the league's conduct policy, faces the possibility of further discipline depending on the outcome of the case.

"We have been aware of the potential charges," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. "We will continue to monitor the case and review it under our policy as appropriate."

Marshall hasn't let any off-field issues affect his play. He had 18 catches in his season debut against San Diego last week.

Marshall has tried to put his problems in his past, saying repeatedly that he has changed some things in his life and won't be in trouble again. He has been arrested three times since the beginning of 2007. He did address the latest charges in Atlanta.

"That's my past," Marshall said. "Everything that came out in camp was from last year and there was an incident in March, but that's still an open case and we've been waiting six months for those charges to be filed, and it's finally here."


--C Tom Nalen missed practice on Thursday. He had returned to practice despite some knee problems, but still has soreness. He has been ruled out this week.

--WR Darrell Jackson's calf injury has not allowed him to practice this week. He could miss a second straight game.

--WR Cliff Russell could be active this week, a few days after being signed to the active roster, if Darrell Jackson isn't ready to go. Russell knows the offense after spending the entire preseason with the Broncos and could help on special teams.

--DT Josh Shaw, who had 40 stitches in his lower leg after last week's game, hasn't practiced this week. He could be held out on Sunday.

--LB Louis Green practiced on a limited basis Thursday. If Green has a good day of practice Friday he could be considered for action this week.

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