Derek Wolfe has an ankle sprain

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Derek Wolfe was carted off of the field during Saturday's practice.

Wolfe also posted a picture of his swollen ankle after he had gone for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam. We will know more in the coming days about the severity of his injury. "Hopefully, it's not serious and it's just a sprain".

His backup, Shaq Barrett, will miss an extended period of time due to a hip injury.

The Broncos' defense is already without starting outside linebacker Shane Ray for one or two regular season games with a torn right wrist ligament. He missed all of last season with a knee injury suffered in training camp last season while going against Russell Okung.

In each of the past two seasons, Wolfe has notched 5.5 sacks.


According to a report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the organization doesn't believe Wolfe's injury to be serious pending further testing.

In 11 practices open to the public, a record average of 4,910 fans came to watch the Broncos.

He is in the second year of a four-year contract that will pay him $6.05 million this year. Other rotational and depth players at defensive end include Zach Kerr, Adam Gostis, Harris and Shakir Soto.

Denver Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph oversees Saturday morning's practice. Losing Wolfe, their best defensive lineman, would have struck a major blow to a defense looking to improve significantly against the run.

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