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Nate Irving's injury is a less serious MCL sprain, according to report

The Broncos did receive some good news on Nate Irving today.

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter initial diagnosis show that Denver Broncos starting linebacker Nate Irving has a sprained MCL, but it's not expected to end his season. Schefter does say that more tests need to be performed before getting a confirmed diagnosis.

Schefter did not give a timetable on Irving's eventual return but either way the Broncos will be without Nate Irving for an extended period of time. This is already a banged up linebacker group that is without starting weak-side linebacker Danny Trevathan who has missed all but two games with knee injuries this season.

It will be interesting to see how the Broncos go about replacing Irving in the lineup. Veteran linebacker Steven Johnson is listed as Irving's backup, but he has missed the past two weeks with an ankle injury. Rookie linebacker Lamin Barrow is listed as the third string linebacker, and he did replace Irving in the teams base/three linebacker sets in yesterday's game.

We will keep you updated on Irving's injury when more is released. Lets hope it's more good news.

Go Broncos!