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Derek Wolfe hopes to return in time for opener

Derek Wolfe AP

There isn’t a scarier sight in football than a player being strapped onto a backboard after a hit to their head and/or neck leaves them motionless on the field.

Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was in that position last Saturday during a game against the Seahawks and he was ultimately taken to the hospital in an ambulance to see if he had suffered a cervical spine injury. Thankfully, Wolfe avoided that injury and was able to fly home with his teammates.

Wolfe’s still sore on the right side of his neck, but he was able to do a full upper body workout in the weight room on Thursday. He’ll need another MRI when the soreness goes away to be cleared for action, but Wolfe is hopeful that he’ll be in the lineup when the Broncos open up the 2013 NFL season against the Ravens.

“I could move everything the whole time, it was just everything felt kind of fuzzy,” Wolfe said, via the Associated Press. “Obviously, when you shock your system like that, it has to kind of reboot. As of now, everything is back to normal. As soon as the pain goes away, I’ll be all right. I’ve got full motion back.”

Wolfe said that he doesn’t plan to change his playing style, which helped him to six sacks as a rookie last year, as a result of the injury. With Von Miller serving a six-game suspension, having a healthy Wolfe playing at a level close to the one he was at in 2012 would be a very good thing for the Denver defense.

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15 Responses to “Derek Wolfe hopes to return in time for opener”
  1. jakec4 says: Aug 22, 2013 5:57 PM

    Maybe those sacks only came because offenses were more worried about Miller and Dumervil.

  2. blackstrat says: Aug 22, 2013 5:59 PM

    Good outcome for a good guy.

    Happy for the Broncos when he comes back with full force.

  3. 5280milehigh says: Aug 22, 2013 6:00 PM

    Good. That was scary……now bring out the payton manning and broncos bashers

  4. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 22, 2013 6:00 PM

    hope hes back in time to be part of the spanking by the…

    #CHAMPS

  5. deathonwings410 says: Aug 22, 2013 6:13 PM

    This guy will not beat any double teams. Sorry BroncHoes fans.

  6. furious76 says: Aug 22, 2013 7:21 PM

    Wolfe was solid as a rookie and has put on quite a bit of muscle. I think teams are going to be surprised by Wolfe early in the season, then game planning for him once the word is out.

    Glad he was not seriously hurt.

  7. listenup823 says: Aug 22, 2013 7:32 PM

    Deathbreathonwings…. Start lookin for a hole to crawl in that Friday morning..

  8. gloryfromheaven says: Aug 22, 2013 7:39 PM

    It’s so annoying how most of these comments on PFT are people who don’t even watch other teams play other then their own… Just because Derek Wolfe isn’t a big name doesn’t mean he sucks people -___-

    I expect a breakout year for him anyway, after all, this is only his 2nd year…

  9. frostymugobeer says: Aug 22, 2013 8:47 PM

    great news for all REAL football fans !
    glad to hear the kid is going to be just fine.

    Go get um’ Derek ! have a great season !

  10. UPYRS says: Aug 22, 2013 9:14 PM

    Derek and the Donkeys are fading fast. ..
    Poor PayAton. Hello mama johns

  11. raiderapologist says: Aug 22, 2013 9:22 PM

    It’s a relief to hear that he didn’t suffer any serious immediate damage. I have no love for the Donks, but with few exceptions, injuries just suck, no matter the player or team.

  12. bigbaldpapahawk says: Aug 22, 2013 9:31 PM

    Outstanding! 12th Man wishes you the continued speedy recovery.

  13. MasMacho says: Aug 22, 2013 10:00 PM

    Hawk fan here. Glad to see he is getting better. Happened right in front of me. Wasn’t pretty. Never enjoy seeing anything like that.

  14. nodindenver says: Aug 23, 2013 12:06 AM

    I like good D and I sure as hell like Derek Wolfe. Kid has a good heart, gets back on the field after a stinger quickly, wants to make a difference. Wish the pot roast (Knighton) and the rook (Williams) could make a play because D needs some help!!!!

  15. maximusprime107 says: Aug 23, 2013 3:43 AM

    So the NFL is really letting Michael Robinson get away with that hit? What a bunch of hypocrites, that hit was textbook illegal in this days NFL

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