Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos' Danny Trevathan fractures knee cap, out 4-8 weeks

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Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan suffered a fractured knee cap at practice on Tuesday and doctors estimate he will be out four-eight weeks, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

“They told me that my ACL and MCL are fine, but that I have a fracture in my knee, Trevathan tells Anderson. 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.”

Trevathan, 24, was a sixth round pick out of Kentucky in the 2012 NFL Draft and started all 16 games last season at the weakside linebacker, making 152 combined tackles, two sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in a breakthrough season for the former Wildcat.

The Broncos lost Wesley Woodyard in the offseason and Von Miller is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the end of last season, so the Broncos have serious injury concerns at linebacker as their upgraded defense in the offseason takes a considerable hit.

Denver made defense a priority in free agency and the draft with the signing of T.J. Ward and DeMarcus Ware and using their first round pick on former Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby to effectively replace the departed Champ Bailey.

The Broncos will have to either place Trevathan on the PUP list and have him sit the first six weeks of the season or place him on the IR with the designation to return later, but he will have to miss eight weeks in that scenario.

 

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