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Saturday, January 2, 2010; D05

Broncos' Marshall ruled out by coach

The Denver Broncos will be without wide receiver Brandon Marshall for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Broncos Coach Josh McDaniels announced Friday that Marshall, who has a hamstring injury, won't play in the game. McDaniels called it "a coaching decision," according to the Denver Post. According to the newspaper, McDaniels also said, "There's a lot of players that play with things that are more difficult to play with than what he has."

Marshall suffered the injury during Wednesday's practice.

Marshall said Friday, according to the Post: "I don't think Coach [McDaniels] ever played in the NFL, so for my hamstring to be feeling the way it felt, it's tough for me to go out there and expect to play at a high level."

Also Friday, Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler was told that he will not be in uniform Sunday because of his attitude, the Post reported.

Rest to be reviewed

The NFL plans to have its rule-making competition committee review again, at some point, the issue of teams resting key players during games late in the regular season without playoff implications for them.

The Indianapolis Colts sparked a controversy when their first-year coach, Jim Caldwell, pulled quarterback Peyton Manning from last Sunday's game against the New York Jets. The Colts lost a lead and suffered their first defeat

Vick appears ready

Reserve quarterback Michael Vick is expected to be available to play for the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday's game at Dallas. Vick has been plagued by a bruised quadriceps.

D. Williams is doubtful

The Carolina Panthers likely will be without tailback DeAngelo Williams in their season finale against the New York Giants.

-- Mark Maske

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