Broncos LB Danny Trevathan likely out 3-6 weeks with cracked bone

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Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan trots out onto the field during a training camp practice on July 31, 2014.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan, who missed the first three games of the season with a similar injury, is now expected to miss additional games thanks to a cracked bone.

Broncos head coach John Fox confirmed Monday that Trevathan had cracked a bone above his left knee — the same general area that he injured during training camp.

Fox said that while Trevathan’s new injury occurred in a similar area, the two injuries are indeed different. Trevathan’s last injury, which kept him out just over seven weeks and three regular season games, was a fractured medial tibial bone — a bone just below the same knee.

Though the team wouldn’t give a timetable for Trevathan’s return, the typical recovery time for this new injury is 3-6 weeks. Fox also indicated he expects Trevathan will be out a shorter amount of time with this injury than he was with his earlier injury.

Despite the injury, Trevathan will not have surgery and will not go on the injured reserve list, which makes the team’s starting weakside linebacker eligible to return later this year.

Trevathan injured the knee on the New York Jets’ second offense play Sunday, when he we was thrown to the ground by a pair of blockers on a screen play during the Broncos’ 31-17 win. Fox said Trevathan dislocated his knee on the play, and as it popped back into place, part of the bone above the knee cracked.

The team’s leading tackler a season ago, Trevathan has played in just two games this year, logging seven tackles in a pair of wins.

Second-year linebacker Brandon Marshall has filled in for Trevathan during his absences, and is expected to do so once more. Marshall is leading the Broncos with 39 tackles. He also has a sack and a forced fumble.

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