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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos leading tackler Danny Trevathan is out six to eight weeks after fracturing his left knee during a particularly intense padded practice Tuesday. The Broncos said their weakside linebacker has whats called a medial tibial impaction fracture but, fortunately, no torn ligaments. "Well, we were hoping it was a bruise. That would have been the best news," coach John Fox said after the teams evening walk-through. "But obviously, thats better than ligament damage. Those are out-for-the-season types of things. So, at some point we will get him back." Trevathan, who didnt put any weight on his left leg after being carted off the field during team drills, is expected to return to the Broncos right around their bye week in late September, meaning hed only miss three regular season games, at most. He was hurt on an 11-on-11 run play in which centre Will Montgomery rolled over him. Trevathan, a sixth-round draft choice out of Kentucky in 2012, is coming off a breakout season in which he led the Broncos with 124 tackles and intercepted three passes before leading the team with two dozen tackles in the playoffs. "You just hate it," Peyton Manning said while Trevathan was being examined by the teams medical staff. "You hate it in a game when you see that. And you hate it out here in practice. So, our prayers are with Danny. Were praying for positive results and hopefully hes OK. Hes an important part of our football team." The Broncos were hoping for a repeat of what happened last October, when Trevathan was carted off with a scary knee injury only to return to practice that week after his MRI came back negative. "Its pretty scary. He got carted off last year, so Im like, OK, hell be good," said Trevathans backup, Brandon Marshall. "But you never know how these things go. The defence was kind of like, Man, thats our guy, thats one of the playmakers on our team. So, we all got a little worried, but were just hoping hell be OK." Before Trevathan was diagnosed with a fracture, Fox said, "Obviously, we hope for the best. And if not, itll be next man up." Thats Marshall, an undrafted third-year pro from Nevada who spent most of last season on Denvers practice squad before being promoted to the active roster and playing in the regular season finale and all three playoff games. "I guess it was like a redshirt year, so to speak. I know they dont have those in the NFL, but I feel like it was for me," Marshall said. "And I feel good. On special teams I feel good, on defence I feel good." Marshall has already been playing alongside Trevathan in the nickel defence, a role that rookie Lamin Barrow, a fifth-round draft choice from LSU, will assume. Asked if he felt good about the linebacker depth, which also includes rookie Corey Nelson, Fox said, "Well, time will tell. I think in this league, its all about opportunity, so well see what they do." What makes this injury difficult is that Trevathan is an every-down player. "Hes obviously a vital part of our defence, but not too many people heard of Danny a couple of years ago, and you never know what might happen. Marshall said hes certain the coaching staff would allow him to make the defensive calls just as Trevathan for any time that hes filling in. "I know I can do it," Marshall said. "We only have smart linebackers on this team." About an hour before he got hurt, Trevathan was involved in one of three skirmishes in a four-play sequence during a four-minute drill. Finally, Fox called his players together and told them to quit losing their cool. The Broncos added several defensive players through free agency this off-season to give them more of an edge, but the offence wasnt backing down any. "If were going to get hit, we might as well deliver the blow," said rookie running back Brennan Clay, who was at the centre of a scuffle that spilled into the defensive sideline. 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The 42-year-old Harrington told Irish radio station Today FM: "Ive had a number of skin cancers removed off my face.Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Memphis says it has punished 12 football players involved in an ugly brawl with BYU following the Miami Beach Bowl last month. The university said Tuesday the 12 players were issued stern and appropriate penalties for their roles in the fight, including suspensions ranging from a single half to two games, but did not name individual players. It said individual suspensions would be announced in conjunction with the first game next season. Memphis said in its statement that the programs worked together on the matter and that players from both teams would participate in a conference call where formal apologies will be issued. BYU did not announce any punishments, saying in a statement it was handling the matter internally. We are grateful for the cooperation and communication that has taken place between BYU and the University of Memphis in an effort to live up to the high ideals of sportsmanship to which we both aspire, the school said in an email to SportsNetwork.com. BYU also has completed a thorough review of the incident. The determined disciplinary measures are being handled internally. Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen said the university holds its students to the highest standards of sportsmanship and personal conduct. The actions of a few members of our football program in Miami were completely unacceptable, he said. I can assure our community, fans and stakkeholders that we have and will continue to hold our young men and women accountable and will use this unfortunate incident as a teaching tool for all our student- athletes moving forward.dddddddddddd Memphis issued its penalties following a review by the university and American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco. The penalties included mandatory anger-management counseling and community service hours and additional team-regulated punishments to be decided by head coach Justin Fuente and his staff. After Memphis beat BYU 55-48 in double-overtime on Dec. 22, a large on-field melee erupted in which players from both teams exchanged punches, leaving some bloodied. The brawl appeared to start with Memphis defensive lineman Martin Ifedi and BYU offensive lineman Tejan Koroma, but many other players were involved. In a blow captured live on the TV broadcast, BYU defensive back Kai Nacua punched Memphis tight end Alan Cross from behind as Cross was being held by one of his coaches. Nacua was bleeding from a cut below his left eye. Elsewhere, Memphis offensive lineman Chase Johnson was seen swinging his helmet at a BYU player and Cougars linebacker Harvey Langi appeared to throw several rapid punches at an opponent. Fuente said after the game, Its not who we are. Its not what we want to represent. I hope it doesnt take away from an incredible football game on both sides. ' ' '