Broncos activate Trevathan, Send Ball to IR


Oct 5, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) is tackled by Denver Broncos outside linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Montee Ball’s season is over.

The Denver Broncos announced that the second-year running back was placed on injured reserve on Saturday, along with safety Quinton Carter.

In the process, Denver activated linebacker Danny Trevathan, who hasn’t played since he got injured in the New York Jets game, and tight end Dominique Jones.

Jones, a third-year player who spent the last 13 weeks competing on Denver’s practice squad, has appeared in 12 career games (three starts) with Indianapolis (2012-13) and Kansas City (2013), totaling three receptions for 42 yards (14.0 avg.).

As the Broncos said on their website, Trevathan has seven tackles (six solo) in two games (one start) for the Broncos this season. He was inactive for Denver’s first three games and was placed on injured reserve (designated for return) on Oct. 14.

The third-year player, who was selected by the Broncos in the sixth round (188th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft from the University of Kentucky, has appeared in 34 career regular-season games (17 starts). His totals include 162 tackles (112 solo), three sacks, three interceptions, 12 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

This means Denver will have a special group of linebackers for the first time this season. Brandon Marshall has played at a Pro Bowl-level and Von Miller has returned to form. Now you have a fresh Trevathan for the stretch run. That is great news for this Denver defense.

As for Ball, his disappointing season ends in frustration. As it does for Carter, who just can’t catch break when it comes to injuries. This is the third straight year he will finish the season on IR. One has to assume he won’t be back with the Broncos; especially with how well David Bruton has played when he’s played at safety.

With the success of C.J. Anderson, one has to wonder about Ball’s future in Denver as well.