In their last game against the New York Jets, the Denver Broncos lost one of their key defenders; linebacker, Danny Trevathan. He fractured a bone just above his left knee cap. This is the same leg he injured in the preseason when he fractured a bone right below the knee cap. The tibia. He missed 6 weeks, including three regular season games.
This time, the Broncos placed the linebacker on injured reserve with a designation to return. That means he can return to practice on November 26th and see his first game action on December 14th against the San Diego Chargers.
Like last time Trevathan went down, look for linebacker Brandon Marshall to step up in Trevathan's place, with rookie, Corey Nelson, taking over the second nickel linebacker position from Nate Irving.
With the opening on the roster, the Broncos promoted 6'2, 250lb practice squad linebacker, Shaquil Barrett. The former Colorado State linebacker went undrafted in May, but signed with the Broncos shortly after the draft. He played all four preseason games with the Broncos and piled up 2 sacks, 2 hits, 3 hurries, 3 tackles and 2 stops. He showed a complete skill-set on the defensive side of the ball by being able to rush the passer, stop the run and drop into coverage.
The former Rams prospect was the 2013 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. He racked up 20.5 tackles for a loss, 80 tackles (38 of which were solo), three blocked kicks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
The odds tell us that Barrett will be a gameday inactive. That is, unless Lerentee McCray continues to struggle with his knee injury, in which case, Barrett will be active but likely won’t see the field much, unless another injury occurs. The former Rams prospect will undoubtedly be ready, if the coaches call his name.