Brandon Marshall Suspended for Week 2 Matchup

The Chargers early opening schedule continues to get easier. The NFL Network reported today that Broncos star receiver Brandon Marshall will be suspended for the first three games of the season for violating the League's personal conduct policy. That means Marshall will miss a Week 2 showdown with the Chargers.

This is the second time in the last few days that the Chargers secondary has been given a suspension-related reprieve. Over the weekend, the team learned it will not have to face Carolina Panthers All Pro receiver Steve Smith in Week 1 due to a two-game suspension for fighting in practice.

Just as Smith is the driving force for Carolina's offense, Brandon Marshall is the go-to target in Denver's passing attack. Marshall started all 16 games last season, leading the team with 102 catches for 1,325 yards and seven touchdowns.

Marshall was effective in two games against San Diego, combining for 15 catches and 147 yards. He won't be padding those numbers in Week 2, however.

Marshall's suspension could be shortened to two games if he agrees to undergo counseling, according to the report by the NFL Network, but that would not affect his eligibility for the Chargers game.

The Broncos completely revamped their receiving corps for this season, brining in veterans Darrell Jackson, Keary Colbert, Samie Parker and Taylor Jacobs. The team also drafted explosive receiver-kick returner Eddie Royal in the second round of the 2008 draft.

At least two members of that group will have to step up against the Chargers in Week 2 to offset the loss of Marshall. Otherwise, look for the lopsided nature of this division rivalry to last at least one more game, after the Chargers handled the Broncos by a combined margin of 64-6 in two meetings last season.

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