Nate Irving Sprained His MCL, Future Unclear

Nate Irving left yesterday's game at Foxboro with a knee injury. A MRI today showed that he sprained his MCL.

Broncos Country can take a big sigh of relief. After injuring his knee yesterday vs the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos feared that Nate Irving's season could be over, with significant ligament damage.

Fortunately, a magnetic resonance imaging test revealed that he has sprained his MCL. Although Irving will undergo further testing, the team believes that he will be able to return to the team in-season. But we can expect to see him miss some extended time.

Irving has turned the corner this year and has finally shown the consistent play at middle linebacker that the Broncos hoped for, when they spent a 2011 3rd round pick on him. Due to a combination of extenuating circumstances, like the 2011 lockout, injuries and suspensions, Irving has been unable to step in and start at the "mike" position.

This year, however, Irving received every opportunity to succeed, as the Broncos plugged him in at "mike" as early as organized team activities last spring. On the season, Irving has notched 42 total tackles, 6 for a loss and 1 sack. This has earned him a +5.4 run defense grade and an overall grade of +0.6 via ProFootballFocus.

In Irving's place, the Broncos could turn to a couple of rookies to stop the gap. Corey Nelson and Lamin Barrow have both seen snaps with the first team defense thus far. Nelson, in particular, has played well. Third year linebacker, Steven Johnson, could also be in the mix at "mike", but he's missed the last two games with an ankle injury.

The Broncos are now down 2/3 starting linebackers, with Danny Trevathan currently on injured reserve-designated to return. As the emotional leader of the defense, he has been missed. But Brandon Marshall has stepped up in his stead and played very well.

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Irving has turned the corner this year and has finally shown the consistent play at middle linebacker that the Broncos hoped for, when they spent a 2011 3rd round pick on him. Due to a combination of extenuating circumstances, like the 2011 lockout, injuries and suspensions, Irving has been unable to step in and start at the \"mike\" position. \r\n

This year, however, Irving received every opportunity to succeed, as the Broncos plugged him in at \"mike\" as early as organized team activities last spring. On the season, Irving has notched 42 total tackles, 6 for a loss and 1 sack. This has earned him a +5.4 run defense grade and an overall grade of +0.6 via ProFootballFocus.\r\n

In Irving's place, the Broncos could turn to a couple of rookies to stop the gap. Corey Nelson and Lamin Barrow have both seen snaps with the first team defense thus far. Nelson, in particular, has played well. Third year linebacker, Steven Johnson, could also be in the mix at \"mike\", but he's missed the last two games with an ankle injury. \r\n

The Broncos are now down 2/3 starting linebackers, with Danny Trevathan currently on injured reserve-designated to return. As the emotional leader of the defense, he has been missed. But Brandon Marshall has stepped up in his stead and played very well. \r\n

Chad Jensen is the Publisher and Lead Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @CJ_Broncos and on Google+.\r\n

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Broncos Country can take a big sigh of relief. After injuring his knee yesterday vs the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos feared that Nate Irving's season could be over, with significant ligament damage.

Fortunately, a magnetic resonance imaging test revealed that he has sprained his MCL. Although Irving will undergo further testing, the team believes that he will be able to return to the team in-season. But we can expect to see him miss some extended time.

Initial diagnosis is that Broncos MLB Nate Irving has a sprained MCL that is not considered season ending, but more testing ahead.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 3, 2014

Irving has turned the corner this year and has finally shown the consistent play at middle linebacker that the Broncos hoped for, when they spent a 2011 3rd round pick on him. Due to a combination of extenuating circumstances, like the 2011 lockout, injuries and suspensions, Irving has been unable to step in and start at the \"mike\" position.

This year, however, Irving received every opportunity to succeed, as the Broncos plugged him in at \"mike\" as early as organized team activities last spring. On the season, Irving has notched 42 total tackles, 6 for a loss and 1 sack. This has earned him a run defense grade and an overall grade of via ProFootballFocus.

In Irving's place, the Broncos could turn to a couple of rookies to stop the gap. Corey Nelson and Lamin Barrow have both seen snaps with the first team defense thus far. Nelson, in particular, has played well. Third year linebacker, Steven Johnson, could also be in the mix at \"mike\", but he's missed the last two games with an ankle injury.

The Broncos are now down 2/3 starting linebackers, with Danny Trevathan currently on injured reserve-designated to return. As the emotional leader of the defense, he has been missed. But Brandon Marshall has stepped up in his stead and played very well.

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