Derek Wolfe ankle injury not considered serious

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

The Broncos were practicing in full pads Saturday.

Wolfe appeared to suffer the injury during an 11-on-11 play early in practice.

Broncos fans can let out a sigh of relief after Wolfe was carted off the field Saturday morning with what was thought to be a "serious injury". Trainers helped Wolfe onto a cart, and he was taken to the locker room.

Wolfe's injury is the latest on the Broncos' defensive front, coming on the same day Billy Winn was placed on injured reserve after tearing his right ACL in Denver's preseason opener at Chicago on Thursday night.

Wolfe had 51 tackles and 5.5 sacks past year and is a huge part of the Broncos run defense and pass rush. After a season marred by a painful elbow injury, Wolfe added bulk in the offseason, beefing up 20 pounds, he said. He played in 2014 and 2015 with the Oakland Raiders.

If Wolfe misses significant time, the 3-4 defensive ends next in line for the Broncos are Adam Gotsis, Zach Kerr and Shakir Soto. Vance Walker remains available. Strong safety T.J. Ward has been out with a hamstring injury. Outside linebackers Shane Ray (wrist) and Shaquil Barrett (hip) aren't expected back until the start of the regular season or later. The team could also move second-round rookie DeMarcus Walker back to defensive end after the team shifted him to outside linebacker last week. Nose tackle Kyle Peko (foot) is yet to return from the physically unable to perform list.

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