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Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio has added another former member of the Chicago Bears defense to his current team. Tuesday, the Broncos signed linebacker Isaiah Irving to their 53-man roster, as was first reported by KOA Sports’ Benjamin Allbright. Irving will fill the roster spot vacated by All-Pro Von Miller, who was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Per Source the Denver Broncos have signed outside linebacker Isaiah Irving to the 53 man roster.

— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) September 15, 2020

Irving joins cornerbacks Bryce Callahan and Kevin Toliver as the third former member of the Bears Fangio has signed since taking over as head coach of the Broncos in 2019. As Bears fans know, Fangio had a very successful run as Chicago’s defensive coordinator from 2015-2018, so it’s no surprise to see him signing several of his former players to his current squad.

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Irving Was UDFA, Role Player With Bears

GettyLB Isaiah Irving was with the Chicago Bears since he came into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Irving was released by the Bears earlier this year when they narrowed their roster down to 53. The team waived him with an injury reserve settlement on September 7. The 6-3, 254-pound linebacker went to college at San Jose State, where he started 47 games, tallying 23 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. He went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft before catching on with the Bears, who initially signed him to the practice squad.

Irving was promoted to the active roster later that season, where he stayed until the team released him earlier this month. The linebacker played in 33 total games for the Bears, and he appeared in 13 games in each of the last two seasons. He had one fumble, a sack and one tackle for loss during his time with Chicago.

Isaiah Irving Will Give Broncos Depth at LB, Special Teams

GettyHead coach Vic Fangio of the Denver Broncos and head coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears shake hands before a game at Empower Field at Mile High on September 15, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Fangio was DC for Nagy in 2018. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

It didn’t take long for Denver to pick Irving up after Miller suffered a devastating knee injury that was very likely season-ending.

“On a personal basis as it relates to Von, everybody is sad and disappointed for him,” Fangio said after news of Miller’s injury broke. “As it relates to our team, we’re disappointed. Anytime you lose anybody, you’re disappointed. But we will move on and we will make it work. We lost Bradley [Chubb] last year, an equal player at the same position and we played our best football after that. That’s not because we didn’t have Bradley. We just kept developing as a team and we compensated for it. We have a better team this year overall, so I expect us to still be a good team without Von.”

With Miller out, Irving will likely sit behind Jeremiah Attaochu, Malik Reed, and Bradley Chubb on the depth chart.

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Florida Executive Order Opens Buccaneers Stadium Doors

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In a turn of events, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will allow fans in their stadium starting in Week 4 against the Chargers.

“The safety of all involved has been our No. 1 priority throughout this process,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford (via the team’s website). “There simply is no way to replicate the energy and excitement that our fans provide for our players on the field. We remain thankful for the opportunity to experience this great season alongside our most passionate fans at Raymond James Stadium.”

The franchise had previously planned to allow fans starting in Week 6. The move was spurred by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issuing an executive order to move the state into the last phase of their reopening plan.

“We have been working tirelessly with local and state authorities, as well as medical experts, to ensure a safe environment at Raymond James Stadium,” said Ford. “We are ready and excited to welcome our fans back.”

Details on Which Fans Will Be Allowed?

The Bucs will allow their “longest-tenured season pass members” to buy tickets to next week’s game “in recognition of their loyalty to the team.”

For the Chargers game, season pass members with continuous membership since 1998 or earlier will have the first opportunity to purchase a limited number of tickets beginning on Oct. 1. The Buccaneers will have a Priority Presale for the rest of their 2020 home schedule, with season pass members who kept their 2020 season pass payments as a credit towards 2021 having the opportunity to purchase limited tickets for up to two games. The Priority Presale will begin on Monday, Oct. 5, following the Chargers game. Additional sales may occur in the future based on availability and tenure.

Brady’s First Bucs Game With Fans Comes on Sunday

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers will play in front of fans for the first time on Sunday when the team travels to Denver. The Broncos have been permitted to have 7.5% capacity (5,700 fans).

“We are not back to normal. Empower Field at Mile High will look and feel very different this year. In addition to mask and social distancing requirements, seating will be done in small pods and sections will be broken into groups,” VP of Strategic Initiatives Britney Bowlen said earlier this month. “Our organization is hopeful that this is the start to gradually increasing fans at Broncos games this season, but we understand that that takes the entire community, both on game days and in our daily lives doing our part.”

After the trip to Denver, the Buccaneers play the Chargers at home (now with fans) and the Bears in Chicago (no fans) before a home matchup with the Packers.

Buccaneers Upcoming Schedule
  • Week 3 – Denver Broncos
  • Week 4 – Los Angeles Chargers
  • Week 5 – Chicago Bears
  • Week 6 – Green Bay Packers
  • Week 7 – Oakland Raiders
  • Week 8 – New York Giants
  • Week 9 – New Orleans Saints
  • Week 10 – Carolina Panthers
  • Week 11 – Los Angeles Rams
  • Week 12 – Kansas City Chiefs
  • Week 13 – BYE
  • Week 14 – Minnesota Vikings
  • Week 15 – Atlanta Falcons
  • Week 16 – Detroit Lions
  • Week 17 – Atlanta Falcons

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