Nate Irving LB DEN 5 Days

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.

Nate Irving LB DEN 12 Days

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.

Nate Irving LB DEN 12 Days

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.

Nate Irving LB DEN 3 Months

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.

Nate Irving LB DEN 6 Months

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.

Nate Irving LB DEN 9 Months

The Broncos will use a combination of Nate Irving, Robert Ayers and Jeremy Mincey to replace Von Miller (ACL tear).

Nate Irving LB DEN Jul 23 '13

Nate Irving will open training camp as the Broncos' starting middle linebacker.

The Broncos released Joe Mays on Tuesday, so Irving enters training camp as the clear-cut starter. A third-round pick in 2011, Irving has been slow to develop but is a candidate to take on an expanded role as a three-down linebacker with Von Miller facing a four-game suspension.

Nate Irving LB DEN May 21 '13

Broncos DC Jack Del Rio confirms Nate Irving will get the "first crack" at middle-linebacker duties.

It's just a matter of time before Joe Mays is released. "He's a bright guy, naturally a strong-handed guy," Del Rio said of Irving. "A thick guy." Stewart Bradley is the Broncos' only fallback option behind Irving after they decided not to address the position in last month's draft.

Nate Irving LB DEN May 07 '13

The Denver Post expects LB Nate Irving to get "every chance" to win the Broncos' middle linebacker job.

Reporter Mike Klis made a similar proclamation in January, but that was before the Broncos didn't sign or draft any serious competition. A 2011 third-round pick, Irving has mostly played on the outside and special teams to this point in his career. Joe Mays is expected to be released, leaving Stewart Bradley as the Broncos' only fallback option behind Irving.

Nate Irving LB DEN Jan 28 '13

The Denver Post says LB Nate Irving will get a shot to earn a starting spot on defense this offseason.

Middle linebacker is his only option with Von Miller and Wesley Woodyard entrenched as starters on the outside. Irving, a 2011 third-rounder, played mainly in an outside reserve role in 2012. Keith Brooking, 38, is a free agent after starting 15 games, and D.J. Williams and Joe Mays have lofty cap numbers and could be released.