The Broncos defense suffered another key injury today as linebacker Danny Trevathan went down to a knee injury. The extent of his injury is not known at this time, but the outlook isn’t great as Trevathan was carted off the field.
Trevathan has been filling in for suspended linebacker Von Miller, who will be out of the Broncos lineup for another two games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He has started every game for the Broncos this season making 30 tackles with one sack and one interception. He made a bonehead play in Week 1, letting go of the ball before getting into the end zone off his only interception so far; but has since learned from that mistake and has become one of Denver’s top defenders.
Trevathan has already undergone an MRI; only then will we know how much time he will miss. If the injury is serious and he isn’t able to play against Dallas, second-year undrafted free agent Steven Johnson is expected to fill in at the weakside linebacker position.
"My goal coming into the season was to be a starter," Johnson said. "That didn't happen. I don't wish anybody getting hurt but if I'm asked to step up and get on the field, like I told Wood when we came off the field today: I looked him in the eye and said I will not let you down.' If I get some playing time, I'll be ready."
Johnson is a Broncos special teamer who blocked a punt last Sunday and ran it in for a score.
In related news, veteran cornerback Champ Bailey was a limited participant in today’s practice. He has yet to play in a game this season and his availability for Sunday’s game in Dallas is not clear at this time.