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Danny Trevathan (knee) out 6-8 weeks for Broncos

The Denver Broncos are preparing for life without starting weakside linebacker Danny Trevathan.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Trevathan underwent an MRI on Tuesday after suffering a left knee injury at practice. The team expects the third-year linebacker to miss six to eight weeks.

A source who spoke to Trevathan says both his ACL and MCL are fine, but the third-year defender suffered a left medial tibial impaction fracture (the bone below his knee), per a Broncos spokesman.

The team expects Trevathan to return to the field after Denver's Week 4 bye, in time to dress for their Oct. 5 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. If that timeline holds true, we don't expect Trevathan to start the year on short-term injured reserve.

"The doctor told me I was going to be out four to eight weeks, but I told him four to six," Trevathan told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "I'm not tripping. I will bounce back. I'm a soldier."

It won't be easy for the Broncos to mask over the loss of Trevathan. He's an under-the-radar, three-down contributor who drapes tight ends and running backs in coverage while stuffing the run.

Until Denver's leading tackler returns, look for a combination of Brandon Marshall, Jamar Chaney and Lerentee McCray to fill the void.

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