As injury news goes, the diagnosis for Broncos weakside linebacker Danny Trevathan lands somewhere down the middle — not ideal, but not the worst-case scenario.
According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Trevathan has indicated he will miss at least four weeks with a knee fracture. However, the injury is not a season-ending one, and his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments are “fine,” the linebacker told ESPN.
“The doctor told me I was going to be out four to eight weeks, but I told him four to six,” Trevathan told Anderson.
The Broncos, for their part, have announced Trevathan will miss 6-8 weeks with a medial tibial impaction fracture, which indicates the injury is in the upper shin area, as former athletic trainer Mike Ryan will explain on Tuesday’s PFT on NBCSN.
A four-week timetable would ostensibly keep Trevathan out for the preseason and could compromise his ability to be ready for the regular season opener vs. Indianapolis on Sept. 7.
If it’s a 6-8 week injury, it’s quite possible Trevathan could miss the first three regular season games, then return after Denver’s Week Four bye. In that scenario, the Broncos would be a player short to begin the season, as Trevathan can’t be placed on the PUP list, for he began training camp on the active roster.