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. Trainers helped Wolfe onto a cart, and he was taken to the locker room. "Great news. I was praying as soon as it happened that it was just a sprain or something like that and nothing serious".
Wolfe has posted 5.5 sacks in each of the previous two seasons, respectively.
A sprain would be a big relief to the Broncos, who are counting on Wolfe to serve as the fulcrum of their star-studded defense by leading a run-stuffing resurgence. That was our problem past year, and teams are going to check us.
He was unable to put weight on his injured leg when he got off the cart to enter the team's facilities.
The Broncos can not afford to lose Wolfe as they have already lost defensive lineman Billy Winn for the season due to a torn ACL suffered in Thursday's preseason game. If they're going to overcome their shaky-at-best quarterback situation, they'll need their defense to continue to be the dominant unit it has been for the past two seasons. Outside linebackers Shane Ray (wrist) and Shaquil Barrett (hip) aren't expected back until the start of the regular season or later. He bulked up over the summer, saying he added 20 pounds of muscle because "I was like 285 a year ago and it was a little too light holding the point".