Nate Irving Injury: Broncos LB Suffers Concussion

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 30: Alfonso Smith #46 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled by Danny Trevathan #59 and Nate Irving #56 of the Denver Broncos at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Broncos linebacker Nate Irving suffered a concussion during the first half of Denver's game against the Texans.

Broncos linebacker Nate Irving sustained a concussion while playing punt coverage late in the first half of Denver's game against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Irving was the closest Bronco to Texans returner Trindon Holliday on the play, and was blocked into Holliday by Glover Quin. His helmet appeared to impact Holliday's at an awkward angle, and he went down immediately, showing the "fencing response" with his arms involuntarily locked to the sides, while falling to the ground. That reaction is consistent with sustaining a concussion.

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Irving remained down and received attention for several minutes near the sideline, but was able to stand and walk to the bench under his own power.

CBS's Jim Nantz announced on the network's broadcast of the game that Irving sustained a concussion, according to the Broncos' medical staff, and is not expected to return.

This article was first published on SBNation.com.

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