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Irving (knee) has been placed on IR by the Broncos, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports.

With Irving out for the season, the Broncos bolstered their depth at linebacker by claiming Todd Davis off waivers from the Saints.

Nate Irving LB DEN 4 Months

Irving (knee) is considered "week to week" moving forward, the Denver Post reports.

Irving was forced out of Sunday's game against the Patriots due to a knee injury that is thought to be a sprained MCL. While confirmation on Irving's diagnosis is yet to surface, it appears the linebacker will be sidelined and evaluated on a weekly basis moving forward.

Nate Irving LB DEN 4 Months

Based on the initial diagnosis, Irving is believed to have suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday's game against the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The report notes that Irving is slated for additional testing, but at this stage it looks like the linebacker's knee injury is not season-ending in nature.

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Irving left Sunday's game against the Patriots with a knee injury.

Irving's status for next week's game against the Raiders is thus clouded. Prior to his exit from Sunday's contest, he recorded four tackles.

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Irving had a game-high 13 tackles Sunday against the Seahawks.

Irving has been an excellent source of tackles recently, registering 24 of them in his last two games. Unfortunately he won't be able to keep the momentum going in Week 4, as the Broncos head out on bye before a Week 5 matchup against the Cardinals.

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Irving (knee) had a game-high 11 tackles Sunday against the Chiefs.

Irving suffered a minor knee injury against the Colts in Week 1, but he didn't appear affected by it at all Sunday. He now has 16 tackles, including one sack, through two games and he could be very busy in Week 3 at the Seahawks.

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Irving (lower leg) returned to Sunday's game in the third quarter, USA Today's Lindsay Jones reports.

The Broncos' starting inside linebacker, Irving will try to pick up where he left off, as he had four tackles (three solo), a sack and two TFLs at the time of his injury.

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Irving left Sunday's game against the Colts with a lower leg injury, and he is questionable to return, the Denver Post reports.

The Broncos are already thin at linebacker, with starting weak-side man Danny Trevathan (knee) expected to miss at least the first few games of the season. Irving, the starting inside linebacker, is followed on the depth chart by Steven Johnson, and then Lamin Barrow. Irving had a nice stat line at the time of his exit, with four tackles (three solo), a sack and two TFLs.

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The Denver Post says fourth-year LB Nate Irving has earned the Broncos' starting middle linebacker job.

He'll be a two-down player with Von Miller and Danny Trevathan staying on the field in sub-packages, but it's still an accomplishment for 26-year-old Irving, who's been an NFL disappointment to this point in his career. This is also Irving's contract year. He finished last season with 41 tackles and one sack.

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Nate Irving currently tops the Broncos depth chart at middle linebacker.

The Broncos have spent wildly to upgrade their defense, but they didn't get in on three-down middle linebackers like D'Qwell Jackson, Karlos Dansby, Jon Beason or Daryl Smith. So they're left with Irving, who has performed better as a strong-side linebacker than a "Mike" in his career. For now, he only has to beat out Steven Johnson and likely a draft pick to win the gig.