Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted off the field during Saturday's practice after suffering a right ankle injury. "Great news. I was praying as soon as it happened that it was just a sprain or something like that and nothing serious". The team could also move second-round rookie DeMarcus Walker back to defensive end after the team shifted him to outside linebacker last week. "Hopefully it's nothing serious and it's just a sprain".
The Broncos' defense is also without Shaq Barrett, pass rusher Shane Ray and nose tackle Kyle Peko. Wolfe recorded 5.5 sacks in 14 games a year ago and is a big part of the Broncos' pass-rush. "We've got to be able to stop the run". That was our problem a year ago, and teams are going to check us.
According to Nick Kosmider of the Denver Post, Wolfe injured his leg during an 11-on-11 drill and "appeared unable to put any pressure on his right leg as he was helped by trainers from the cart into the team's facility". If Wolfe is forced to miss an extended period, it would be another blow to a defense which lost DL Billy Winn for the season on Friday. 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.
Winn collected 19 tackles and one fumble recovery in 16 games, including two starts, last season for the Broncos.