Losing one of your best linebackers for a period of time is always a tough pill to swallow, but there should be no cause for concern for the Denver Broncos.
Danny Trevathan will miss anywhere from 6-8 weeks due to a fracture in his knee. Looking at this from an optimistic standpoint, at least there was no tear in the ACL or MCL. Trevathan will be forced to miss the rest of the preseason and a small portion of the regular season. But the reason why Broncos fans should not worry is because of his backup.
Brandon Marshall, not the Chicago Bears wideout, did a solid job last season when Von Miller was lost for the year with an ACL tear. While he did not post the stats that would make the team comfortable with staying with him long term in 2013, he was a solid replacement and has played the outside linebacker position before. The Broncos kept Marshall around for a reason, and now is a perfect chance for him to show the team and fans that he is up for the challenge to fill the role successfully.
Even if something ends up happening to Marshall due to performance or injury, the team still has draft picks Lamin Barrow and Corey Nelson to add some support. But I believe that Marshall will excel without question and should be a sturdy player until Trevathan returns from injury. Preseason will give him the best opportunity to develop his skills at the weak side position and be ready for the regular season.
With the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks looming in the first three games of the regular season, Marshall will need to step up in a huge way. I have a feeling that he will be the man to get the job done.