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Marshall is appealing a three-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct code for a series of off-the-field missteps during a 12-month period beginning in March 2007.
Putting their suspensions aside, the two friends have had a spirited battle of words, gestures and actions during their lead-up to Saturday night's preseason game at Invesco Field.
It began with Jones' derisive dismissal of the comparisons between Marshall and Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens on Wednesday, when Jones said, "T.O. is 10 times faster than Brandon Marshall and 10 times stronger than Brandon Marshall."
When the teams reconvened for their afternoon workout, Marshall had a retort taped to his shoulder pads that read: "21's no Champ," a reference to Broncos perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey.
On Thursday, Marshall had another scribbled message for Jones: "Adam's no Pacman."
"Since he changed his name back to Adam, he's not even Pacman," Marshall explained. "He's not even as good as Pacman used to be. ... I told him to spice it up a little, stop letting me win."
Jones argued that Marshall is putting too much weight on catches he makes during drills without a pass rush, and besides, he said Marshall keeps changing his routes when he sees who's covering him.
While the Marshall-Jones battle has been all in good fun, tempers did flare Thursday when Broncos defensive lineman Marcus Thomas broke up a play in the Dallas backfield and Cowboys left tackle Flozell Adams found himself in the middle of a scrum that was quickly broken up.
"That's all part of football," Owens said. "When you get all this testosterone going out here, it gets a little out of hand."
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