SAN DIEGO -- With the usual postgame swirl going on around him, Denver Broncos linebacker Nate Irving walked out of the locker room toward the team's bus Sunday night with the look of a player who will miss some time.
Irving, who suffered a right shoulder injury while making a tackle on a fourth-quarter scoring run by Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, left the stadium wearing a sling on his shoulder and is slated for an MRI Monday morning. The Broncos have used Irving as the strongside linebacker in the defense when they either take Von Miller off the field or when they move Miller to defensive end in some of their other packages that still call for three linebackers.
"We will have the tests done and evaluate where he is, but he was not able to return to the ballgame,'' said Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio.
Coming into the win over the Chargers, Irving had played 33 percent of the defensive snaps on the season. But he is a special-teams stalwart who had played 51 percent of those snaps for the year.
He came into the game tied for second on the team in special-teams tackles with four.