Danny Trevathan's 2014 season looks to be over after 100 defensive snaps and three separate injuries to his left knee. The third-year linebacker will undergo surgery to repair a patellar dislocation.
Trevathan first missed time with a broken bone below his left knee suffered during training camp. He returned to play most of Denver's Week 5 win over Arizona, but left the next week after just two snaps against the Jets. The second time, he broke a bone above that same knee. Sunday marked his return to play from that second injury, and he saw 42 snaps before leaving in the second half.
Denver activated Danny Trevathan from short-term IR amid a quartet of roster moves, with Montee Ball and Quinton Carter heading to season-ending IR. Tight end Dominique Jones was promoted from the practice squad.
Trevathan, the Broncos' leading tackler in 2013, has been limited by broken bones in his left leg to just 58 snaps in two games this season. It's been suggested that Trevathan will be worked into Denver's defensive rotation gradually over the next few weeks. In his absence, Brandon Marshall has emerged as a well-rounded star.
The Broncos re-signed punt returner Isaiah Burse to their practice squad on Monday after he cleared waivers. Denver had cut Burse on Saturday to make room for Brandon McManus, who was promoted to handle kickoffs.
Burse takes the spot of offensive lineman Mark Asper, who had been signed to the practice squad three weeks ago.
Aqib Talib (hamstring) practiced in full all week and is also probable; Julius Thomas (ankle), Terrance Knighton (elbow), Jacob Tamme (rib), Quinton Carter (knee), and Quanterus Smith (ribs) were limited, and are listed as questionable.
Per Mike Klis, the team signed McManus to ensure they could activated him "on moment's notice." It's a sensible move for a team that kicks off a hell of a lot more often than it attempts field goals (last week's five-FG game inclusive).
Brandon Marshall was cleared through the league's concussion protocol, and is expected to start on Sunday at Arrowhead.
Julius Thomas and Aqib Talib were limited participants on Friday and are listed as questionable.
If we're all being totally honest, we're never disappointed when a key opposing player is unable to play against our team due to injury.
Rooting for or celebrating an injury is definitely in poor taste, and suggests a complete loss of perspective. But, you know Packers fans were excited when Terrell Davis left SB 32 with his migraine, and who could blame them?
That said, we really wish Chiefs All-Pro safety Eric Berry were available for Sunday's game at Arrowhead.
As predicted by Lindsay Jones, the Broncos promoted running back Jeremy Stewart from their practice squad ahead of Sunday's game versus Miami.
To create room for Stewart on the roster, Denver cut Kapri Bibbs, with the intention of returning him to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Emmanuel Sanders was cleared through the league's concussion protocol on Thursday, practiced on Friday, is listed as probable, and will play in Sunday's game versus Miami.
Tight ends Julius Thomas and Virgil Green were limited on Friday, and are questionable for Sunday. Expectedly, Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman are out.
Nate Irving will soon undergo surgery on his injured knee. The fourth-year linebacker has a partially torn MCL, but the Broncos reportedly think he may have a torn ACL as well. The team placed Irving on IR.
As expected, Ronnie Hillman has been ruled out for Sunday's game.