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Report: Nate Irving moved to IR, Broncos awarded Linebacker Todd Davis

The Broncos lose linebacker Nate Irving for the rest of the 2014 season.

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According to multiple reports, the Denver Broncos have placed linebacker Nate Irving on the season ending injured reserve list, and were awarded rookie linebacker Todd Davis off waivers. Davis was waived by the New Orleans Saints earlier this week.

This is a tough blow for the Denver Broncos. Irving suffered his knee injury late in the game against the Patriots. After his injury Irving was considered "week to week", however it seems the Broncos changed their mind and decided to place Irving on the season-ending injured reserved list.

Irving was playing his best football prior to his injury, and is scheduled to be a free agent at year's end. It will be interesting to see if the Broncos decide to re-up with Irving, who should come fairly cheap now.

Linebacker Steven Johnson replaced Irving in the base lineup last week, and figures to do so again this weekend when the team heads to St. Louis to take on the Rams. It will be interesting to see if rookie linebacker Lamin Barrow pushes Johnson for the job as the season continues.

Linebacker Todd Davis stands at 6'1, 230lbs and has experience at outside and inside linebacker during his football career.

Here's some history on Davis. He went undrafted in this past years draft, but signed with the Saints in June. Davis spent most of the season on the teams Practice Squad, but was added to the active roster to help on Special Teams. The Saints waived Davis earlier this week, and hoped to place him back on the Practice Sqaud.

Davis played 45 games during his college career and ranked second in school history(Sacramento State University) with 351 tackles to go along with 9.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, three interceptions, six passes defensed and one blocked kick. Davis was named a first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection as a senior in 2013 after totaling 131 tackles and five sacks.

Davis will just be added depth for the Broncos, and a possible Special Teams player down the road. It's safe to assume that he'll be a game day inactive for often then not for the Broncos.