Broncos LB Barrow has bruised lower leg

Pending some evaluation when they return to Denver, the Broncos hope their preliminary exam holds true and that rookie linebacker Lamin Barrow will return to practice sooner rather than later.

Barrow, who has already moved himself into some of the Broncos’ specialty packages on defense, left Sunday’s 34-0 victory over the San Francisco 49ers after being hit during a tackle on his lower right leg by Broncos defensive back Omar Bolden.

The Broncos’ preliminary exam at Levi’s Stadium, including X-rays, showed a severely bruised lower leg. As a result, the team left California Sunday night believing Barrow would be fine moving forward even as he will be evaluated more Monday. Barrow stayed down on the field for several minutes and was later taken to the locker room on a cart.

The Broncos will have to play Barrow plenty moving forward considering Danny Trevathan suffered a fracture at the top of his tibia in practice this past week and will miss six to eight weeks.

Trevathan is an every-down linebacker in the Broncos’ scheme. Brandon Marshall will play for Trevathan, which moves Barrow into some of the team’s specialty packages.

The Broncos will practice three days with the Houston Texans in the coming week in advance of a preseason meeting with the Texans Saturday.