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By Rich Kurtzman

For athletes who spend a life preparing, injuries are a cruel reality.

Last week, the Denver Broncos saw one of their key starters go down in pain for a second time this season. Danny Trevathan, the starting weakside linebacker, broke a second bone in his left leg last Sunday. In training camp, Trevathan broke the bone just below his knee, and this time it was the bone just above his left knee.

In response to the injury, Denver placed the third-year player – one of the defense’s top performers – on the Injured Reserve with a designation to return. It means for now he’s off he active roster, which allowed the Broncos to promote Shaquil Barrett to the 53-man squad. In Trevathan’s place on the field will be Brandon Marshall, a third-year player himself, who’s currently leading the team in tackles due to filling in for three games already.

Besides Trevathan, the only player on the team’s injury list who will not give it a go is Montee Ball, who is still nursing the sore groin from the win over the Arizona Cardinals. For running backs, leg injuries are the most difficult to deal with because they take so much time to heal and backs …read more