Broncos: Marshall concussion a big blow
Linebacker Brandon Marshall suffered a concussion late in the Broncos win over the Dolphins. Losing Marshall would be a major hit to a LB unit that is looking like a triage ward, already missing starters Nate Irving and Danny Trevathan.
After playing only 15 defensive snaps all of last year, Marshall is now Denver’s leading tackler, and one of the league’s surest with only one missed tackle in 53 attempts vs. the run.
He’s also contributed heavily in the passing game as well, leading the league in cover snaps (397) for 4-3 OLBs and giving up only 0.76 Yards Per Cover Snap, third-best among 4-3 OLBs with at least 150 cover snaps.
How will Denver fill the hole? Trevathan is back to practice but isn’t eligible to return from Injured Reserve until December 15th. Lamin Barrow (2014 fifth-round selection) has taken over, but has only 49 NFL snaps under his belt. Denver’s other options (Steven Johnson, Corey Nelson, Lerentee McCray) are also inexperienced with just 257 NFL snaps combined.
Uncertainty and youth surrounds the LB unit but the Broncos are hoping Marshall will pass concussion protocols and return to action soon.