Updates from Monday, Sept. 29
Trevathan practiced Monday and is expected to start at weakside linebacker against the Arizona Cardinals. Brandon Marshall played well in Trevathan's three-game absence. However, the Broncos' pieces fit better when Trevathan serves as a three-down anchor, freeing Marshall to work in nickel packages.
Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton commented on the importance of Trevathan via Andrew Mason of denverbroncos.com:
I think with Danny is you get everything from him, as far as a blitzer, a cover guy, a guy that can take on blocks, a guy that can play in space. He’s the all-around package.
It allows your defense to be more exotic and do more things and it’s just another guy that quarterbacks have to worry about besides T.J. (Ward) blitzing or DeMarcus (Ware) coming off the edge. You’ve got to worry about Danny now, so he brings a lot more versatility to our defense.
Updates from Friday, Sept. 19
Mike Klis of the Denver Post provides an update on Danny Trevathan's status:
I'm anticipating he'll be there Tuesday," Broncos coach John Fox said.
Trevathan said he would be at about 75 percent for practice Tuesday. His goal is to be ready to play in the Broncos' next game, Oct. 5 at home against Arizona.
USA Today's Lindsay Jones has the latest on Trevathan:
Danny Trevathan will travel with Broncos, he's listed as questionable. Still seems unlikely he plays vs Seahawks.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) September 19, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 17
Jeff Legwold of ESPN provides an update on Danny Trevathan's status:
Trevathan, who was the team’s leading tackler last season and an every-down player in Jack Del Rio’s scheme, suffered a fracture at the top of his tibia on Aug. 12. Though he did not take part in the Broncos' practice Wednesday -- he stretched with the team -- Trevathan’s work was his first appearance on the field in a practice jersey since the injury.
Trevathan said last week, "I’m getting there, I’ll be ready to get back in there soon."
The Denver Broncos defense was potentially dealt a major blow Tuesday as linebacker Danny Trevathan had to leave the practice field because of a left knee injury.
Trevathan told Josina Anderson of ESPN that he suffered a fractured knee:
"They told me that my ACL and MCL are fine, but that I have a fracture in my knee. The doctor told me I was going to be out four to eight weeks, but I told him four to six. I'm not tripping. I will bounce back. I'm a soldier."
The Broncos also confirmed the injury and gave a timeline for his return:
#Broncos LB Danny Trevathan has a left medial tibial impaction fracture. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 12, 2014
Mike Klis of The Denver Post first reported the injury:
LB Danny Trevathan getting carted off.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 12, 2014
Left knee or ankle for Danny Trevathan. Helped into trainers room— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 12, 2014
Following practice, head coach John Fox commented on Trevathan's status, via the Broncos' Twitter account:
"Danny Trevathan left w/ what appears to be a knee injury ... We'll wait and see what the results are." - HC John Fox pic.twitter.com/hUFllN5N51— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 12, 2014
Peyton Manning also weighed in on his teammate's health, via NFL Around the League:
Concern among Broncos after Danny Trevathan injury. From Peyton Manning: "Our prayers are with Danny.”— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) August 12, 2014
Trevathan was excellent for the Broncos a year ago, finishing the season with 129 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and 10 pass deflections. Entering just his third year in the NFL, the sky was seemingly the limit for the young player.
And on Denver's revamped defense, he was one of the holdovers expected to contribute in a big way. This offseason, the Broncos added defensive end DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward through free agency, while drafting corner Bradley Roby in the first round.
Paired with players like Von Miller, Chris Harris and Terrance Knighton, the Broncos defense was expected to improve dramatically this season. Now they'll have to survive at least the first few weeks of the season without Trevathan, putting even more pressure on the rest of the defense.