ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --** Danny Trevathan kept taking steps forward this week: from a workout with team trainers Wednesday to putting on a helmet Thursday to practicing on a limited basis Friday.
But does that mean he could play in Seattle this Sunday?
"Oh, yeah, I view myself as definitely an option," the third-year weakside linebacker said. "If I need to play, I will. Right now, I'm questionable."
Head Coach John Fox said Trevathan had made "really good progress," and would make the trip to the Pacific Northwest.
The linebacker's final status will be determined Sunday, but he admitted that he's "not really putting a time (frame)" on his return to work.
"No doubt, I'd be ready to go," Trevathan added later. "But it's in (the team's) hands to make the final call. I'm questionable, so I'm going to take it one day (at a time) like I'm questionable."
Trevathan, the Broncos' leading tackler last year, has not played since suffering a tibial impaction fracture just below the left knee during practice Aug. 12.
"The hard part is just sitting down and waiting to get back out there," he said. "I've been waiting for a long time."
Whether he plays or not, making the trip helps him keep pace in anticipation of whenever his return would come. His initial recovery timeframe had himback on the field either for Arizona in Week 5 or the trip to New York to face the Jets seven days later.
Trevathan has been off crutches for nearly two weeks, but continued his workouts before that point.
"I worked the upper body times 10," said Trevathan. "That was the only thing I could do. They had me in there working, and I was doing my own stuff, trying to keep in football condition and get my body prepared."
Even if he does not play in Seattle, the trip would allow him to get his mind prepared, as well.
"It's just about me staying in the flow of things," he said. "It's good for me to travel with them and see how they play. It's going to be hard to watch, but I know they're going to go out there and do what they do."
Fellow 2012 draft pick Brandon Marshall -- who the Jaguars took one round before the Broncos nabbed Trevathan -- started in his place the last two weeks.
"He's been handling it pretty well," said Trevathan. "He came in here with the right mindset, and that's what I like about him. He's going to work through whatever. People have been doubting him, just like people have been doubting me."
The Broncos could find ways to use Marshall and Trevathan together in the nickel package once both are healthy.
"We've got a lot of background. For him to go out there and keep showcasing, man, it's going to make it a lot easier when I get back," Trevathan said.