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Derek Wolfe leaves Seahawks-Broncos game in ambulance


Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe left Saturday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks in an ambulance after getting injured at the 9:13 mark of the first quarter.

Wolfe appeared to be cut-blocked down by Seattle tight end Luke Willson and fullback Michael Robinson delivered a block to Wolfe’s head and shoulder area that left Wolfe down on the field for several minutes while being attended to by the Broncos’ training staff.

They eventually brought a backboard onto the field and tied Wolfe down before placing him into an ambulance and taking him from the field of play.  The Broncos announced that Wolfe was being evaluated for a cervical spine injury but did have movement in all of his extremities.

A player leaving in an ambulance is never something you want to see on a football field. We will update his condition when more information is provided.

UPDATE 12:30 a.m. ET: According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, all tests performed so far on Wolfe have come back negative and the team is hopeful he will be released in time to return to Denver with the team tonight.

In addition, Broncos right guard Louis Vasquez left with a knee injury in the first half and will not return.

UPDATE 1:00 a.m. ET: According to Gray Caldwell of the Broncos’ official site, the knee injury to Vasquez isn’t considered to be serious.

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50 Responses to “Derek Wolfe leaves Seahawks-Broncos game in ambulance”
  1. bigboysmash says: Aug 17, 2013 10:40 PM

    Neck injuries are never good. Hope he is fine and doesnt have any lasting injuries.

  2. sdcameron says: Aug 17, 2013 10:41 PM

    Man what is with all these injuries? Best of luck Wolfe, hope it’s nothing serious.

    A Charger fan

  3. pathsovglory says: Aug 17, 2013 10:41 PM

    prayers from the 12th man

  4. jrebar88 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:41 PM

    And anyone that saw it, saw a cheap “block” by Wilson. If you call diving at someones knees a block… Dirty, dirty, dirty. Dont leave your golden arm in there too long Carroll, same thing might happen…

  5. thelastbesthope says: Aug 17, 2013 10:46 PM

    Lawyers will end football. …and get rich in the process.

    Ask the tobacco companies how this plays out.

  6. maximusprime107 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:48 PM

    The NFL better make an example out of Michael Robinson. That POS drilled him in the head with him helmet as he was trying to get, Wolfe had no chance of making the play

  7. atwatercrushesokoye says: Aug 17, 2013 10:49 PM

    The Seahawks broadcast just said its a spinal cord injury but Wolfe does have movement in all of his extremities. Good news there!

  8. fumblenuts says: Aug 17, 2013 10:50 PM

    Prayers go out to Wolfe…..

    From “Legion of BOOM.”

  9. msclemons67 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:51 PM

    Brutal, dirty play by the Seahawks. One guy dove at Wolfe’s knees and the 2nd guy dove at Wolfe’s head. Looked like a couple of meth heads.

    If that had happened to an offensive player Goodell would already be issuing fines.

  10. ratedr2o says: Aug 17, 2013 10:51 PM

    And this is why the NFL prohibits PED’s… Wishing a speedy recovery.

  11. atwatercrushesokoye says: Aug 17, 2013 10:51 PM

    That was a pretty dirty block, Wolfe had been cut and was on his knees when Robinson basically speared him in the head, it was behind the play, Wolfe had no chance of making a play, it was dirty!

  12. allidoiswin55 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:53 PM

    Prayers for him from the 12th man. Hope he’s alright, bit this is football stuff happens. Never intentional. Mike rob is ty the best FB in football he loves contact and will always find it. Maybe the rook Willson wasn’t supposed to be their.

  13. mrjpil says: Aug 17, 2013 10:54 PM


  14. bronconation13 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:58 PM

    Prayers go out to Wolfe.

    On a side note, sdcameron, class act man. Far too often you see trashy fans wishing injury upon division rivals. Glad to see there are still classy fans around.

  15. allidoiswin55 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:58 PM

    Btw seahawks are ball hawks should have forced 3 fumbles of not for blown ref calls , if not for an illegal block by Denver they would hav the never scored on that Welker pass, the seahawks man in that zone was blocked straight off the line just like the hawks drive before when Baldwin got an illegal block.

    Seahawks are for real. Win games in special teams battle. Offensively and defensively that’s why they amongst 3 others are SB contenders. Good luck Denver great team.

    Go haels

  16. allidoiswin55 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:58 PM


  17. Norseman says: Aug 17, 2013 11:02 PM

    Both Seahawks involved deserve fines and suspensions. First you cut a guy at the knees and then drill him in the head- giving him spinal cord damage.

    $25,000 fines and 2-3 game suspensions each would be about right.

  18. evilbilly3 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:10 PM

    Didn’t watch it. But from a Saint’s fan view, I like the posts from the Seahawks fans. Nice show of class, and I mean that.

  19. pekkle007 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:14 PM

    I think we’ve just saw the ascension of Monte Ball and the demotion of Hillman. Ball security son, ball security.

  20. blackhawks2010 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:18 PM

    Seattle is SCARY good. Watching them obliterate the Broncos, wow. They look ready for prime time.

  21. themackstrong says: Aug 17, 2013 11:19 PM

    Denver fans talking about a dirty cut block. We use zone blocking just like the system that brought you championships. Mike Rob blocks hard on every play and is a pretty clsssy guy. It sucks that one of your young talanted players got hurt but this is football.

  22. blackhawks2010 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:21 PM

    Seahawks defense is lights out, Legion of Boom!

  23. alphaq2 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:33 PM

    Hope the guy is ok. I’m surprised how bad Russel Wilson has looked. One nice pass to Golden Tate and several inaccurate passes.

  24. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 17, 2013 11:37 PM

    Go Steelers

  25. theimmaculatedeception says: Aug 17, 2013 11:45 PM

    I’ve been watching this game since the start of the 2nd quarter. Wilson is 0-6 on pass attempts. Can’t hit the broad side of a barn. Many receivers running wide open. WTH?

  26. bighurt228 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:46 PM

    Wish Wolfe the best. Hate to see any players hurt, especially in the preseason. Always enjoy watching every teams best on Sundays.
    A Pats fan

  27. merchie89 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:51 PM

    High Lows need to be suspend-able plays. This is possibly life changing on a play that was already downfield.

    Robinson needs to wise up, and get some class.

  28. alphaq2 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:58 PM

    Wilson and McGrath should thank the ref for running the pick play on Denvers DB. I would be really concerned if I were a Denver fan. Their D and special teams do not look good right now, but it’s only preseason.

  29. mdd913 says: Aug 18, 2013 12:05 AM

    Well, time to punish the Saints again, amiright?

  30. fanasaurus says: Aug 18, 2013 12:20 AM

    Never like or want to see a player get hurt but the Broncos have a history (off. line) for being known as dirty for zone blocking and cut blocking of defensive linemen knees.

  31. mrwalterisgod says: Aug 18, 2013 12:29 AM

    First off, it was NOT a dirty block. Cut blocking has been perfectly acceptable for years; it’s only “dirty” to finnesse teams like Indi, and now apparently, Denver.

    Prayer out for the guy, but don’t try and tell me it was a dirty play. Guys get cut block all the time, and Mike Rob was already going full speed when he hit Wolfe.

    Quit being so desperate to find something to criticize a team you don’t want to admit is pretty good.

  32. ambitoos says: Aug 18, 2013 12:30 AM

    Sorry to hear that and I hope he’s back on the field before Robinson is after Robinsons suspension. I hate cheap shots.

  33. sweetnlow44 says: Aug 18, 2013 12:53 AM

    Wasn’t dirty at all. Every single fullback in the league is going to do the exact same thing on that play, it’s their job. He didn’t do it with the intention of hurting the guy, he did it to blast open a hole for his ball carrier. All you people claiming it was dirty obviously don’t know the job of a fullback.

  34. dirtysouthniner says: Aug 18, 2013 1:28 AM

    Hawks tackle dirty. I understand its football but it seems they play very dirty. They play really well at home but I think the noise scares the refs.

  35. orangecrush823 says: Aug 18, 2013 1:34 AM

    I hope Wolfe heals quickly and dishes out some payback against this dirty Seattle team in the Superbowl this year..

  36. kuranda84 says: Aug 18, 2013 1:54 AM

    Am I really seeing posts saying this was a cheap block?

    Pathetic. Willson cut blocked Wolfe, but it wasn’t like he was totally out of the play. Why would the lead blocker (Robinson) waste a block on Wolfe just to be cheap? Robinson is the first guy through the hole and blocks the first threat. Wolfe was being agile and trying to get his feet under him and make a play when Mike Rob blasted him.

    It wasn’t cheap – it was football. Best wishes to Wolfe.

  37. jayniner says: Aug 18, 2013 2:10 AM

    With all the injuries so far in training camp and preseason this year, that 18 regular/2 preseason game scenario is looking better and better.

  38. beastmode5150 says: Aug 18, 2013 2:32 AM

    Oh nevermind, just watched it 15 times, completely legal, and not dirty. So it’s football, quit whining.

  39. poormanspoison says: Aug 18, 2013 2:46 AM

    That was a dirty play I hope nobody takes it out on seahawk fans?

  40. ncarolinarn7 says: Aug 18, 2013 2:52 AM

    Pre-seasons are to long and for what to try and make a 53 man roster? Shorten preseason. Let’s play ball!

  41. nflpoker says: Aug 18, 2013 3:16 AM

    Weren’t Willson and Robinson members of the NO Saints? How much do you think they will get paid for the hit??

  42. myhawks1976 says: Aug 18, 2013 4:56 AM

    thoughts and prayers go out for a complete and speedy recovery. hate seeing these kinds of injuries, especially in the preseason. espevially on our home turf. no need for it.

    — A Hawks Fan.

  43. rufusporter says: Aug 18, 2013 8:38 AM

    Glad Wolfe is going to be ok. Funny all the comments (emotional reactions to seeing an ambulance) regarding what a dirty play it was given Denver’s history. Did any of you watch any football over the last decade? Shanahan’s teams were notorious for injuring players with cut blocks. Football is a tough sport. Injuries are unfortunate but happen often to every team.

  44. longcutskolvikes says: Aug 18, 2013 8:52 AM

    Just so everyone is clear, the 12th Man is a Texas A&M Aggie tradition shamelessly stolen by the Seahawks. I hope the (fake) 12th Man behaved with more class than they did when their new darling, Percy Harvin, suffered a season ending injury last year on their turf.

  45. @Cereal_22 says: Aug 18, 2013 10:04 AM

    Hopefully this kid can get back, he’s a big part of what the Broncs D needs to do. He was one of my favorites going into the draft out of Cinci, great tough kid.

  46. raider909 says: Aug 18, 2013 1:35 PM

    Hope Wolfe recovers well. Hate seeing players injured, regardless of team or division. It is more excited to see the best players playing at their highest level, than to see them on the sidelines in sweats.

  47. whatwhat2013 says: Aug 18, 2013 1:43 PM

    Glad he’s okay. But it’s wrong to call it a cheap shot. He was chopped by a block. And recovered to almost make a tackle on his hands and knees, but was blocked again. It’s football not two hand touch.

  48. bpross01 says: Aug 18, 2013 2:44 PM

    It’s called a chop block. He was engage low with a blocker when another engaged him above the waist. It’s also called a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless player. It’s also called using some GD common sense and not putting a guy in a wheelchair for the rest of his life over a preseason game.

  49. stop0poa says: Aug 18, 2013 6:23 PM

    Please watch video over and over. This is football folks, it is unfortunate and I pray for Wolfe’s speedy recovery. Anybody that states that Wilson’s block was at the knees have not watched, and anybody that states Robinson was dirty has not watched. Turbin was not through the hole yet and Wolfe was popping up to try and make a play. Robinson was level an trying to cover Wolfe up before he could pop and it was just bad timing. Fines would be a shame.

  50. bpross01 says: Aug 18, 2013 10:13 PM

    There is a rule against it. The reason there is a rule is to prevent injuries like this. There likely will be fines in order to reinforce this fact because the next time it happens, the player may never walk again. If Wolfe was such a threat to the play, Robinson should have let him regain at least his knees (and preferably his feet) and blocked him like a man.

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