Update (4:10 ET): Danny Trevathan has been diagnosed with a fractured knee cap. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with the injury.
The Denver Broncos have been hit with their first really big scare of the 2014 season. It seems to happen to each and every NFL team during training camp and preseason. The potential scare has come on the defensive side of the football. Linebacker Danny Trevathan had to be taken off the field on a cart on Tuesday morning after suffering a left knee injury.
His MRI results are pending. However, according to reports Trevathan was down for several minutes prior to being carted off.
Trevathan has been a diamond in the rough for the Broncos since being drafted in the sixth round in 2012. He emerged as one of Denver’s best defensive players last season because of his speed and pure athleticism, leading the Broncos with 124 tackles throughout the year.
If the pending MRI reveals significant damage, it will be a huge loss for Denver. Trevathan established himself as a prominent player on defense last season. He has the ability to be one of the key leaders Denver needs on defense. Trevathan also has the tools to be an every-down contributor to the Denver defense.
The Broncos invested so much money to improve their defense during the offseason with the additions of DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T. J. Ward. Losing Trevathan would be a substantial setback for the Broncos, who are contenders to win the Super Bowl this upcoming season.
Trevathan had a breakout season in 2013 and was on track to be a Pro Bowl linebacker. It is not Peyton Manning, but Broncos fans need to hope for the best with this pending MRI.