Broncos' Brandon Marshall likely facing NFL suspension

Eddie GriffinSenior Analyst IJune 26, 2008

It’s been a rocky offseason for receiver Brandon Marshall, who was looking to build on a breakout 2007 this season but instead could be facing sanctions after his third arrest in a year.

was first arrested in March 2007 on a false imprisonment charge after allegedly was blocking a woman who was trying to leave his home in . Then came an October 2007 arrest in for a DUI; he’s scheduled for trial in September. Finally, on March 6 of this year in , was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly hitting his girlfriend.

could be suspended by the under its Personal Conduct Policy because of multiple arrests and alleged incidents. He is scheduled to go to trial on the DUI charge in September. The charges of domestic violence and false imprisonment were dismissed.

spokesman Greg Aiello said the league will still investigating , but given Roger Goodell’s history expect some kind of discipline to be handed down.

“Given the fact the has known about it and I’m assuming has conducted its own investigation — we sent them a tremendous amount of information about this situation — that if something would have happened, I assumed it would have already happened,” Marshall’s lawyer said.

Incidentally, while at , was arrested on charges of trespassing, resisting arrest without violence, disorderly conduct, refusal to obey a police officer and assault on a law enforcement officer.

In addition to his legal problems, has been injured twice this offseason.

He first cut his hand during the incident that led to his March 6 arrest. He told police that two sisters of his girlfriend had attacked him on March 4 and that “he had been cut on glass during the fight,” according to the report. He refused treatment at the scene. He said that argument was a result of his girlfriend trying to extort money from him.

Then there was the injury that was scoffed at (for how it happened) on several fan message boards, where Marshall severed an artery, cut muscles and tendons and suffered nerve damage, he said, when he fell into a television set while roughhousing with his brother in Orlando on March 22. He had surgery and has spent the past three months recovering and was fully expected to recover in time for training camp.

A Broncos spokesman said that told the team about the cut, and the incident was not related to the serious arm injury said he suffered later that month.

, 24, was one of the ’s surprises last season, when he hauled in a career-high 102 receptions for 1,325 yards and seven touchdowns. His loss for any amount of time would be felt big-time by , which let Javon Walker go in the offseason.