When Miller was sidelined during the Super Bowl, Trevathan emerged not just as the Broncos' best linebacker, but also one of the two most valuable players on defense. Not many linebackers possess the speed to hang with running backs and tight ends in coverage and the power to fight through trash at the line of scrimmage.
Although Trevathan should be recapturing pre-injury form by midseason, his early-season absence presents a stumbling block. General manager John Elway acknowledged in April that his team will have to "come out of the chute fast" with three matchups (vs. Colts, vs. Chiefs, at Seahawks) against teams that made the playoffs in 2013.
- The Cardinals reportedly expect John Abraham to return to the team as soon as this week. The veteran pass rusher has been away from teammates since a late June arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence. Coach Bruce Arians also said Tyrann Mathieu is "pretty close" to returning from reconstructive knee surgery.