ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Things are looking up for Brandon Marshall. After rehabbing from a March foot surgery, Marshall has recently been able to practice fully with the Denver Broncos at training camp. And leapfrogging off of that progress, head coach Gary Kubiak said today that Marshall will play on Saturday vs. the Houston Texans, but his inside linebacker partner Danny Trevathan will not.
“Brandon is going to play and Danny is not going to play," Kubiak said today. "We feel that way, but I think that Danny has closed the gap. If you all noticed, Danny has worked pretty much full time this week and practiced really well, but we just think that Brandon is just a little bit ahead.”
Both players are key to the Broncos defensive success, especially against the run. Trevathan led the team in tackles in 2013 and Marshall followed suit in 2014, with Trevathan out for most of the year. Trevathan is close to being cleared for game reps and Marshall is looking forward to it.
“Danny and I, I feel like we’re naturals together," Marshall said. "Whenever we’re at practice, we’re able to feed off each other. He knows the checks, I know the checks. Where ever he’s lacking, I might say, OK, well we have this check,’ and he will be [like], OK.’ Bam, or if I’m lacking he says it. We naturally fit, play with each other well as far as a defensive standpoint goes. It’s going to be huge, but I think that we’ll be just fine as soon as the game comes.”
Marshall faced some long odds to rehab back in time to participate in preseason games. All through the spring and into the summer, he walked the tight rope of wanting to push himself and knowing when to pull back.
“Honestly, in March, when I found out I needed surgery, I was a little worried," he said. "I’m not going to lie, I was a little scared because it was so close. It wasn’t close to the season, but for this type of injury it was close. [I] was pushing a little bit, but I had faith. I rehabbed well, I ate well, I did what I needed to do and now I’m back up.”
Marshall will likely start next to Todd Davis, who has taken the lead-dog role in he and Trevathan's absence at inside linebacker. Davis has flashed consistently all throughout training camp and played well last week in Seattle. Wade Phillips even opined recently that he thinks this is the most talented ILB depth chart he's ever coached.
For now, Broncos fans will have to take consolation in at least getting to watch Marshall out on the field in Houston. From the sounds of it, Trevathan isn't far behind him.
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