From Knowshon to ADP, or how do we focus on football?

It was a dramatic Sunday for a trio of former Denver offensive stars.

Knowshon Moreno, who ran over the Patriots in helping the Dolphins to a huge Week 1 upset, suffered a dislocated elbow at Buffalo yesterday.

The injury occurred on Knowshon's first carry and only of the game, and will reportedly keep him out of four games.

With Lamar Miller also hurt on Sunday, the Dolphins have reportedly brought back Daniel Thomas, whom they'd cut last month.

It's just the latest in what's been an up-and-down career for Denver's former first-rounder.

In the night game, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall were as electric as many of us had envisioned them being for the Broncos many years ago.

After Chicago spotted San Francisco a 17-0 lead, Cutler threw four touchdowns (and no picks!), three of them to Marshall, and the Bears pulled off a stunning 28-20 comeback.


It remains difficult to focus on the on-field action, though.

As Peter King details in his MMQB column, an NFL Films feature on Marshall will debut this week on NFLN.

The episode covers Brandon's journey from troubled phenom to self-aware superstar, including his well documented battle with borderline personality disorder.

According to King, the documentary glosses over Marshall's many incidents of domestic violence.

Brandon's big Sunday night was something of an uplifting end to a disastrous week, and perhaps just what the NFL needed.

Of course, a young Brandon Marshall might have been banned for life, under the league's updated domestic violence policy.

Did Brandon deserve those second/third/fourth/however many chances?

Hard to say, but his story is undoubtedly one of redemption, and we hope his life remains on that positive trajectory.


It may be a while before Panthers DE Greg Hardy gets his next chance.

Convicted in July of having assaulted his ex-girlfriend, the Panthers waited until Sunday to do anything about it, by deactivating him.

Safe to say, there's no way Carolina would have taken that action without the league's suspension of Ray Rice and the Vikings' decision to sit Adrian Peterson with child abuse charges overhanging him.

Head coach Ron Rivera says he made the call to sit Hardy just yesterday morning.

Prior to that, the Panthers insisted they would keep their franchise-tagged pass rusher in the lineup, even while owner Jerry Richardson tearfully claimed to be firmly against domestic violence.


As for the Vikings' own hardline stance, it's already softened.

Minnesota activated Peterson on Monday, and say he will play on Sunday against New Orleans.

The team says it will allow the legal process to play out before taking further action, and the NFL says it's reviewing the case.

Of course, there's a big difference between the Hardy and Peterson stories, as the former was convicted (pending a jury trial), and the latter merely indicted.

No matter how gruesome the photos of Peterson's son and the details of the story, there's something to be said for waiting for the courts to first make a determination.

And the first grand jury that heard his case chose not to indict.


The jury is still out on how the NFL will enforce its new domestic violence policy, especially as it pertains to a megastar like Peterson, and lesser ones like Marshall and Hardy.

But one move, which was just announced, is worth commending.

The NFL has reportedly hired three domestic violence experts - all women, thankfully - to guide its handling of domestic violence and sexual assault.

A fourth woman, its VP of community affairs, will have her duties expanded to include a new position, as VP of Social Responsibility.

This reads like the NFL's sincerest reaction to the controversies it's faced of late.

It shouldn't take a ten-billion-dollar business this long to strike a proper tone, but we hope it makes a real difference.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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