Brandon Marshall was relaxing in his hotel room while vacationing with his family on St. Barts this summer when a TV infomercial caught his attention.
You know the kind, those late-night programs that somehow persuade you that you absolutely need that product. Well, this one was for a 21-day diet that immediately interested the New York Jets’ wide receiver and his wife, Michi.
“I was like, ‘That’s pretty cool,’ ” Marshall said Monday after the team’s first practice of the regular season.
The couple wasted no time and purchased the product, which includes containers for portion-controlled meals and DVDs with short workouts.
The Marshalls started it while still vacationing on the Caribbean island, and saw immediate results. The wide receiver was looking to lose some weight from his 6-foot-4 frame as he enters his 10th NFL season, and he’s down to 230 pounds after joining the Jets at 243 in March. He said he played the last few seasons around 236.
His wife also used the plan, dropping even more weight than him.
Marshall, coming off an injury-plagued season in Chicago, said he hasn’t been at this weight since the 2010 season. He has said throughout the summer that he feels better physically than he has in years.
Marshall joked that he wasn’t focused on his weight until after getting settled in in New Jersey, after living with Jets quarterback Geno Smith during offseason workouts.
“Geno had a lot of pizza at his house,” a smiling Marshall said. “Those young guys.”
Smith won’t file charges
Jets QB Geno Smith says he has no plans to file charges against former teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali, the linebacker who broke his jaw with a punch last month.
Smith, expected to miss at least the first four games of the regular season, said he has moved on from the incident that happened in New York’s locker room before practice on Aug. 11.
Coach Todd Bowles said the timeline for Smith’s return hasn’t changed.
The Bills re-signed Enemkpali to their practice squad Monday. Enemkpali returns to the Bills three days after he was released from the active roster. Buffalo claimed Enemkpali off waivers Aug. 13, a day after he was cut by the Jets.
Enemkpali could still be disciplined by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
WR James Jones returned to the Packers following the season-ending knee injury to wideout Jordy Nelson. The 31-year-old Jones is returning to the team that drafted him in the third round in 2007. He played seven years in Green Bay before going to Oakland for the 2014 season. … Browns backup QB Johnny Manziel is throwing passes in practice for the first time since Aug. 23 after being slowed by a sore right elbow. Manziel did not play in Cleveland’s final two exhibition games. Manziel appears on track for Sunday’s season opener against the Jets. He’s listed as Cleveland’s No. 2 quarterback behind Josh McCown.
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