Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted off the field today after injuring his right leg.
Wolfe had 51 tackles and 5.5 sacks previous year and is a huge part of the Broncos run defense and pass rush. That's great news for Denver's defense. "I was praying as soon it happened that it was just a sprain or something like that and nothing serious".
Denver's defense was already worse for wear even before Wolfe's injury. Outside linebackers Shane Ray (wrist) and Shaquil Barrett (hip) aren't expected back until the start of the regular season or later.
Safety T.J. Ward has not been active due to a hamstring injury.
Wolfe's injury occurred early in the team's 11-on-11 drill. He will get another shot to stick on a practice squad here with the Broncos, where he has three preseason games and all of the remaining practices to try and make an impact.
Wolfe has posted 5.5 sacks in each of the previous two seasons, respectively.
Playing in his second year of a four-year extension signed last summer, Wolfe is slated to earn over $7.8 million in 2017.
Until Wolfe is completely healthy, the Broncos will be down to Jared Crick, Zach Kerr, Adam Gotsis, Domata Peko, Tyrique Jarrett, Shakir Soto and Shelby Harris on the defensive line.
Coach Vance Joseph said after practice it was a lower ankle injury that "at first look" didn't appear serious.
Jared Crick is a returning starter at the other defensive end position.