Unhappy Marshall leaves Broncos to rehab in Florida

WR Brandon Marshall has taken his injury rehabilitation from Colorado to Florida. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

WR Brandon Marshall has taken his injury rehab away from Broncos headquarters. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

Broncos WR Brandon Marshall has taken his injury rehab from team headquarters in Colorado to Florida due to contract squabbles, The Denver Post reported.

Many players rehab at the team’s practice facility, but Marshall, who is coming off a hip injury, left the team’s voluntary passing camp this week to rehab in Orlando. Marshall’s attorney disputed the claim that the wide receiver left Colorado due to a contract dispute.

    “Brandon is not a holdout,” Marshall’s attorney Harvey Steinberg told the newspaper. “He went back to Orlando so he could continue rehabbing from his surgery.”

Marshall had his second straight 1,000-yard season in 2008 and earned his first Pro Bowl nod. He is entering the last year of a four-year rookie contract and is due to earn $2.2 million. The Broncos are hesitant to give him a raise due to injury and off-the-field concerns, The Post reported.

Another big issue in Denver is the quarterback competition, and on Thursday it was Chris Simms taking reps with the No. 1 offense. However, that doesn’t mean Simms is the favorite over Kyle Orton, who the Broncos acquired from the Bears in the blockbuster Jay Cutler deal.

New coach Josh McDaniels talked to the paper about the battle to be the Broncos’ signal-caller.

    “Both of them will take reps with the 1’s, and we’re going to keep doing that until it becomes clear and apparent, and it’s not yet,” McDaniels said. “They’re both doing some good things, and they’re both making some mistakes.”
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