Denver Broncos dodge a bullet with Derek Wolfe injury

Paola Ditto
Agosto 13, 2017

After a season marred by a painful elbow injury, Wolfe added bulk in the offseason, beefing up 20 pounds, he said.

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe went down with a right leg injury during the team's practice on Saturday morning, enough to take the air out of the session.

Offensive tackle Menelik Watson was walking gingerly after the play, but he returned to action.

Wolfe still has to undergo and MRI, but a person close to the situation told ESPN's Josina Anderson that Wolfe simply suffered an ankle sprain and he is "very lucky".

Wolfe appeared unable to put any pressure on his right leg as he was helped by trainers from the cart into the team's facility.

On Thursday, the Broncos lost defensive lineman Billy Winn for the season after he tore his ACL during Thursday's preseason opener against the Chicago Bears.

Wolfe's injury occurred early in the team's 11-on-11 drill.

The Broncos' defense is already without starting outside linebacker Shane Ray for one or two regular season games with a torn right wrist ligament.

Wolfe recorded 51 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 14 games last season.

That performance earned him a four-year extension worth $36.7 million just before the Broncos' victory in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers. "We're not sure how bad", coach Vance Joseph said. He was set to rotate with newcomers Domata Peko and Zach Kerr, among others, on the Broncos' rebuilt D-line.

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