Saturday, November 22, 2003

Suspended Gardener blasts Shanahan


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The Associated Press

Denver defensive tackle Daryl Gardener lashed out at coach Mike Shanahan on Friday, a day after being suspended for a game for conduct detrimental to the team.

Gardener said he doesn't believe Shanahan wants him on the team and called the coach "that little man up there" on a Denver radio station.

"My future is at stake right now. The way it's looking, this man doesn't want me to be a Denver Bronco because he doesn't even want me around the facility or the players," Gardener said.

Shanahan suspended Gardener on Thursday for Sunday's game against Chicago, but didn't give specifics.

Gardener said he believes he was "set up" to overreact to an edited tape shown to players this week that depicted Gardener failing to hustle on several plays.

BROWNS: Police found a steak knife stuck in a kitchen cabinet and marijuana while searching the Westlake, Ohio, home of running back William Green, whose fiancee has been accused of stabbing him.

Green, currently suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse program, was hospitalized Wednesday after being cut in his home.

Asia Gray, Green's girlfriend since high school and the mother of his two daughters, is charged with felonious assault and domestic violence. She pleaded innocent. Green said the stabbing was accidental.

COLTS: Wide receiver Marvin Harrison might return for Sunday's game at Buffalo after sitting out last week with a strained hamstring.

FALCONS: Receiver Brian Finneran will wear a splint on his broken right thumb Sunday when Atlanta hosts Tennessee.




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