Broncos LB Trevathan (knee) out 6-8 weeks

Updated: August 12, 2014, 4:18 PM ET

By Jeff Legwold |

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan has a fracture in his left knee and will miss six to eight weeks, the team announced Tuesday.

Trevathan, who had an MRI after he was carted off the field during Tuesday morning’s practice, suffered a left medial tibial impaction fracture.

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Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY SportsDanny Trevathan, who led the Broncos with 124 tackles last season, will miss 6-8 weeks with a left medial tibial impaction fracture.

“They told me that my ACL and MCL are fine, but that I have a fracture in my knee,” Trevathan told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. The doctor told me I was going to be out four to eight weeks, but I told him four to six. I’m not tripping. I will bounce back. I’m a soldier.”

Trevathan fell to the ground in pursuit of a run play during a full-team drill in the Broncos’ fully padded practice. It was unclear where Trevathan made contact with another player, but backup center Will Montgomery rolled over the top of Trevathan when the two hit the ground.

Trevathan immediately grabbed for his left knee and was down for several minutes before he was taken to the locker room.

“You never like to see any player go down,” coach John Fox said. “We’ll wait and see what the results say. I didn’t have a clean view of it. … It was away from me so I didn’t see it.”

The third-year linebacker, who led the Broncos with 124 tackles last season, is one of the most important players in defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio’s scheme.

Trevathan, who plays on the weak side in the base defense, is a three-down player at the position with enough strength to fill gaps in the run defense and enough speed and athleticism to work downfield in pass coverage.

Earlier in training camp, Trevathan said he hoped to break through as a potential Pro Bowl player in the team’s scheme.

“I just grind every day to be whatever I can be,” he said then. “I set goals that are way high because I believe in what I can do. I just want to show it.”

Brandon Marshall filled in for Trevathan for the remainder of Tuesday’s first practice and would be the most likely candidate to start in Trevathan’s absence. Marshall has lined up as the second linebacker, with Trevathan, in the team’s nickel package.

“We’ll wait and see what Danny’s situation is and we’ll go from there,” Fox said. “You hope for the best.”

“You hate to see it. … You just hope he gets good news,” quarterback Peyton Manning said. “Danny is an important part of our football team.”

Trevathan had a scare in the week before last season’s game against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 6. He was carted off the field during practice after suffering a knee injury, but an MRI revealed no significant damage and he played against the Cowboys.

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