The Denver Broncos have suffered their first significant injury in the 2014 season. Linebacker Danny Trevathan suffered a fractured left knee-cap and will be out anywhere from six to four weeks. Trevathan led the Broncos in tackles last season, and quite frankly covered as much field as anyone on the 2013 Denver defense.
This is not good news for the Broncos, but the situation could have been much worse. The MRI showed no damage to the ACL or MCL, meaning Trevathan is not lost for the entire season.
Trevathan is an absolute workhorse and has proven that he has pro bowl potential after being a sixth round draft choice by the Broncos in 2012. It would not surprise people if Trevathan came back early from this injury.
This injury actually occurred at a good time for the Broncos. Denver still has 26 days before opening up the regular season against at home against the Indianapolis Colts, which knocks off nearly four weeks. Denver then plays another home game in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos should easily beat both of these teams, even without Trevathan.
In Week 3, Denver is at the Seattle Seahawks. A completely healthy Broncos team will be an underdog in this game, and this should be Denver’s first loss of the season. The great news is that the Broncos have a bye in Week 4, leaving a very good possibility that Trevathan returns to the team in Week 5, which is a home game against the Arizona Cardinals. Many people, including myself, think that Denver will be 2-1 on the season at that point.
In the meantime, Denver looks to back up linebacker Brandon Marshall to fill Trevathan’s shoes. Marshall was a fifth round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 who was signed to Denver’s practice squad in 2013. Marshall was activated to Denver’s 53-man roster after Von Miller tore his ACL in Week 16 at the Houston Texans. Marshall has never started a game in the NFL and recorded two tackles in Denver’s 21-16 preseason win against the Seahawks.
This injury is just a bit of a setback for the defending AFC champions. If rehab goes okay, the Broncos should have Trevathan back no later than Week 5 and their record will be 2-1. Now, there is a new interesting plot to observe as Marshall will start at the San Francisco 49ers in Denver’s second preseason game on Sunday.