Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels says he is benching Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall for the team's critical season finale against Kansas City.
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McDaniels wouldn't directly address the reasons for his decision, although he mentioned accountability and said several other players will play Sunday with injuries worse than Marshall's. Marshall tweaked his right hamstring at practice Wednesday.
Marshall said he didn't want to get into a war of words with McDaniels, but he did note that his coach never played in the NFL to realize how difficult it is to play hurt.
The two had a rocky start together, culminating in Marshall's suspension during training camp for insubordination, but they had patched up their differences during the season.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com have made the Broncos 13-point favorites over the Chiefs in Week 17.
Posted: 1/1/10 11:59PM ET