Marshall sustained the injury while causing Jamaal Charles to fumble during a Week 2 victory, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Brushing off the concern, Marshall proceeded to notch 100-plus tackles for the second season in a row, to which he added two forced fumbled, 1.5 sacks, and one interception in 16 games. Even if he remains limited through OTAs and mandatory minicamp, the minor procedure isn't expected to impact his activity level once training camp rolls around in late July.
Gerald Hodges has been getting first-unit reps alongside NaVorro Bowman - as he did on Wednesday as well - but defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil said that Wilhoite will also get reps with the first-unit in an effort to create competition for the job during minicamp. Wilhoite was one of the 49ers' starting middle linebackers in 2015 before he went down with an ankle injury. He signed a one-year deal to stay with the club this offseason.
49ers defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil wouldn't disclose the nature of Brooks' injury, but said that he is "hoping that we can get something out of him by the end of spring." It doesn't sound like the injury is serious, and we will update his status as soon as more information is provided by the team.
The veteran free-agent signee got things off on the right foot during the opening OTA session, snatching an interception and also getting his hands on the ball on several other occasions. Grimes has extensive experience in new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, having played under the latter in Atlanta from 2008-2012. The 32-year-old will try to regain the form that allowed him to grab 13 picks over the last three seasons with the Dolphins.
The second-year linebacker has been looking forward to getting to work in new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, and celebrated the start of on-field work with a pick. Alexander turned in an outstanding 12-game rookie resume in 2015 before a four-game PED suspension curtailed his campaign, totaling 93 tackles (59 solo), including seven for loss, along with three sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and nine passes defensed.
Jordan played through the back injury most of last season, occasionally missing practice time but never a game. Despite the lingering malady, he still managed to accrue 10 sacks and earn his second Pro Bowl appearance. While Jordan has a tendency to disappear -- he recorded only a single tackle four separate times in 2015 -- his consistent double-digit sack totals nevertheless make him a valuable IDP commodity.
Head coach Gary Kubiak reported that the decision to sit Ware was precautionary. With Ware out and Von Miller away while his contract is negotiated, Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray saw extended reps. Expect both Barrett and Ray to see plenty of time in Ware's stead this season as the veteran is used more as a situational pass rusher to maximize his impact.
Jerry Hughes and Preston Brown would seem to be the more attractive IDP linebackers in this defense, but Manny Lawson can do a number of things capably and he's at least worth keeping an eye on until the younger first-rounder is back from surgery and ready to take over.
The veteran pass-rusher and longtime Colt said earlier in the offseason he would like to play in 2016 as long as he finds "the right situation". It appears that situation could emerge in Cincinnati after the team lost Wallace Gilberry in free agency, leaving a lack of depth at defensive end. Freeney recorded eight sacks and three forced fumbles in 11 games with the Cardinals last season.
Flowers failed to record a single interception last season, the first time he hasn't recorded at least one takeaway in his six-year career. Couple that with the fact that he registered just 33 tackles (29 solo), and it's fair to say Flowers is coming off his worst season as a pro. However, following an offseason in which the 30-year-old corner reportedly trimmed 10-12 pounds off his frame and appears completely healthy following a nagging knee injury that caused him to miss the final four games of the regular season, Flowers looks to be on the upswing heading into the new year. Even with Casey Hayward joining the secondary via free agency, Flowers is still expected to start opposite Jason Verrett and could be a good candidate to rebound should he stay healthy.