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.
Sunday's results established Denver's 2015 opponents. They are as follows:
Home: Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota, New England
Away: Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis
The Broncos have two scenarios for clinching a first-round bye next week:
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 got an enormous head start on a lengthy offseason to-do list by extending cornerback Chris Harris through the 2019 season. According to Mike Klis, the deal includes a $10M signing bonus and $24M in guarantees, including $18M over the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
The contract reportedly has a total value of $42.5M, or $8.5M per season. That average annual value would rank Harris 12th among NFL cornerbacks, according to OTC.
Denver re-signed DE Gerald Rivers to its practice squad on Wednesday, six days after they'd cut him to create room for Brandon McManus.
Rivers takes the spot vacated by McManus's promotion to the active roster. Earlier in the week, Isaiah Burse was signed to the practice squad, while Mark Asper was cut.
The Week 15 playoff scenarios are out, and the Broncos have an outside shot at claiming a first-round bye on Sunday.
First things first, they'll need to beat the Chargers, which would give them their fourth straight AFCW crown. A tie also wins the division, but does not open up first-round bye possibilities.
Carolina QB Cam Newton is said to be in fair condition following a two-car accident in Charlotte near the Panthers' stadium. Newton's truck reportedly flipped multiple times after colliding with a car that had been driving across an intersecting street.
Thankfully, Newton and the other driver were both reportedly alert after the accident and avoided life-threatening injury. Newton is said to have avoided a concussion, but has two transverse process fractures in his lower back.
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.