By Rich Kurtzman
When the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs get together, it’s usually a physical football game.
And before they even get together to play one another this weekend, each team has gone through some major injuries.
For the Broncos, they’ll certainly be without Danny Trevathan again, who broke a bone in his lower left leg during training camp. Trevathan led the team in tackles in 2013, and Brandon Marshall filled in nicely for him in the team’s Week 1 win. Marshall led the team with nine total tackles, including some huge hits.
Also held out in Week 1 and for this Week 2 contest is backup offensive lineman Ben Garland. He’s been battling a sore ankle so bad he wasn’t able to practice this week until being limited on Friday.
Injured in the win over the Colts was safety and special teams captain David Bruton Jr. who was seen rolling around on the ground with his arm limp after one punt return. He didn’t practice Wednesday but was on the field in limited fashion Thursday and Friday, and is questionable to play Sunday.
For the Chiefs, Week 1 was devastating. They lost starters in defensive lineman Mike DeVito and linebacker Derrick Johnson, each to Achilles injuries, for the season. Johnson’s been quite important for the Chiefs as of late, racking up 100-plus total tackles in each of the previous four seasons, along with four interceptions, eight forced fumbles and a touchdown during that span. DeVito started 13-14 games in 2013 and will be missed as well. He’s been replaced by former Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, who was among one of the final cuts by Denver at the end of training camp.
Other injuries sustained were to starting offensive lineman Jeff Allen (elbow) and running back/special teamer De’Anthony Thomas (hamstring). Neither practiced on Wednesday or Thursday and both are out this week. Also, another important linebacker – Tamba Hali – was limited in practice all week but is probable to play.
Here’s look at each team’s total injury listings:
Tackle Ryan Clady (foot)
Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (knee)
Linebacker Nate Irving (knee)
Center Manny Ramirez (back)
Defensive end DeMarcus Ware (thigh)
Cornerback Kayvon Webster (ankle)
Safety David Bruton Jr. (shoulder)
Guard Ben Garland (ankle)
Linebacker Danny Trevathan (lower leg)
Kansas City Chiefs:
Defensive back Husain Abdullah (quad)
Safety Eric Berry (heel/quad)
Cornerback Marcus Cooper (ankle)
Wide receiver Frankie Hammond (shoulder)
Wide receiver Junior Hemingway (hip)
Offensive lineman Eric Kush (shoulder)
Linebacker Josh Martin (quad)
Wide receiver Albert Wilson (ankle)
Linebacker Tamba Hali (ankle/knee)
Running back De’Anthony Thomas (hamstring)
Offensive lineman Jeff Allen (elbow)
Defensive tackle Mike DeVito (Achilles)
Linebacker Derrick Johnson (Achilles)
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Rich Kurtzman is a Denver native, Colorado State University alumnus, sports nerd, athletics enthusiast, and competition junkie. Currently writing for a multitude of websites while working on books, one on the history of the Denver Broncos and Mile High Stadium. Rich is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.