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Dolphins WR Marshall eyes return, wants more excitement

  • By Associated Press
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DAVIE, Fla. -- Brandon Marshall admits his recent taunting penalty wasn't smart, and he's trying to think of other ways to stir up things.

The Miami Dolphins' Pro Bowl wide receiver believes he has been too boring this year, partly because he has only one touchdown catch.

"I've got to get creative, man," Marshall said with a laugh Thursday. "If I get in the end zone, I need to do some celebrations and some dances or something. If y'all have any ideas, let me know. ... Give me something. Spark some controversy. It has been too calm."

Marshall was in a playful mood partly because he's on the verge of rejoining the Dolphins' lineup. Mending from a right hamstring injury, he said he expects to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. He missed last weekend's win at Oakland, but he practiced on a limited basis the past two days.

Marshall had a rough night in his most recent game. In a loss to Chicago, he drew a penalty for taunting when he flipped the ball at former Denver Broncos teammate Jay Cutler, who was standing in front of the Bears' bench. Marshall also was penalized for an illegal block and dropped two passes before he left the game in the second quarter with the injury.

In his previous game, Marshall drew a 5-yard penalty when he threw the ball to the sideline for reasons unclear.

"I've got to think before I do things like that," he said. "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Jay Cutler, and before the game, we probably talked for 30 minutes. We're good friends, and I was just messing with him. I was in my own little world, and it actually hurt our offense that drive, and that wasn't smart.

"I'm going to push the envelope a little bit, but that's just bad when you get a penalty and you stall drives. I've been thinking of other ways I can push the envelope without getting fined or getting flags thrown."

In his first year with Miami, Marshall leads the team in receiving, but he is on pace to fall short of 100 catches for the first time since 2006. He has the same number of touchdown catches as Ricky Williams and Marlon Moore.

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Curiously, the Dolphins were without their go-to guy when they achieved their highest yardage total in 15 years Sunday while beating the Raiders 33-17. Marshall watched the game from South Florida.

"I enjoyed it," he said. "I didn't enjoy not playing, but I was laying on the table getting some treatment and being a fan."

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano praised Marshall's diligence in receiving therapy at the team complex to accelerate recovery time.

"He's a bulldog when it comes to treating these injuries," Sparano said. "This guy is here before I am in the morning, and he has been seen running around here at 10:30 at night."

Also limited in practice Thursday was linebacker Karlos Dansby (toe). Linebacker Channing Crowder (knee) sat out for the second day in a row.

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