Brandon Marshall – the linebacker for the Denver Broncos, not the wideout for the New York Jets – has a hamstring injury. The team has listed him as day-to-day.
Marshall is not a household name like some of the players on the Broncos’ defense, but he’s a huge part of what they’re able to do, starting at the middle linebacker spot and helping to stuff the run. The team lost MLB Danny Trevathan, who used to start next to him, making Marshall the experienced vet in the middle of the field. Todd Davis is playing at the other MLB spot. This is his first year as a true starter.
Last year, Marshall had 102 tackles on the season. He has not quite lived up to that pace this year, with just 38 so far. If he keeps on that pace, he’ll have roughly 86 on the season. While that is something of a decline, 86 tackles are still significant, and the team has to be hoping he’s ready to go by the time they play the San Diego Chargers next week.
Corey Nelson came into the game against the Texans when Marshall was hurt. He’d probably be the replacement next week if Marshall can’t go. He has 17 tackles so far this season. It’s the best season of his career, though, since he also had 17 tackles as a rookie in 2014 and then 17 tackles on his way to a Super Bowl win last year. If he makes just one more tackle in the next nine games, he’ll set a personal high mark.