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Derek Wolfe returns to practice, plans to play next week

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The Broncos have nine days to get ready for their Week One game against the Ravens.  One of their defensive starters who has been injured says he’ll be ready to go.

On Tuesday, defensive end Derek Wolfe returned to practice, less than two weeks after suffering a neck injury that caused him to leave a preseason game by ambulance.

“It feels really good,” Wolfe told reporters, via quotes distributed by the team.  “I thought I was going to be out a little bit longer but I started better and every day it was getting better.”

Wolfe says that, barring re-injury, he’ll play on opening night.

“Absolutely, there is no question that I’ll [play], as long as nothing happens in practice, knock on wood,” said Wolfe, a second-round pick in 2012.  “Don’t want to get hurt in practice but as long as I don’t re-injure it I should be fine.”

Wolfe said that, when he play, he won’t play any differently.

“Not me,” Wolfe said.  “I think if anything when you have to sit out, it’s funny how much you really don’t like to practice until you can’t do it anymore.  And then you’re just dying to get out there again.  That whole time you’re just thinking I could have been done for good but now that I’m not I want to get out there bad.  Once you’re playing football you don’t think about getting hurt and if you do you’re going to get hurt.”

Wolfe did get hurt, but not nearly as badly as initially feared.  And that’s great news for a team that won’t have defensive end Elvis Dumervil or linebacker Von Miller or, quite possibly, cornerback Champ Bailey when the real games begin.

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22 Responses to “Derek Wolfe returns to practice, plans to play next week”
  1. eagleg17 says: Aug 27, 2013 7:39 PM

    In other news…

    The New England Patriots released Tim Tebow. The New York Jets immediately picked up Tebow and in a press release to the AP, Rex Ryan was quoted as saying, “we will evaluate him at the Quarterback position, but we also want to take a good hard look at the ‘Missionary’ position”

  2. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 27, 2013 7:41 PM

    Odd Future Wolfe Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA)

  3. jrebar88 says: Aug 27, 2013 7:42 PM

    Coming for that overpaid, over hyped, fluke of a winner…Flukko. September 5th that banner outside the stadium comes burning down in a Broncos blowout victory

  4. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 27, 2013 7:57 PM

    9 more days until i DESTROY this team on national tv.

    will be funny to watch the “experts” do a 180 degree spin on the baltimore ravens come friday morning.

    #WEWILLWIN #CHAMPIONS

  5. msclemons67 says: Aug 27, 2013 8:01 PM

    That was a scary injury. Good to see Wolfe is fully recovered.

  6. jrebar88 says: Aug 27, 2013 8:14 PM

    wearethechampsandyourenot says:
    Aug 27, 2013 7:57 PM
    9 more days until i DESTROY this team on national tv.

    will be funny to watch the “experts” do a 180 degree spin on the baltimore ravens come friday morning.

    #WEWILLWIN #CHAMPIONS
    ———————–

    We have a Ravens player on here?

  7. beastquake says: Aug 27, 2013 8:25 PM

    As a Seahawks fan just wanna wish him the best. And goof luck Broncos. Hopefully our paths cross again in New York in a more competitive game. Glad to hear hes alright

  8. beastquake says: Aug 27, 2013 8:25 PM

    Good luck*

  9. donnymacjack says: Aug 27, 2013 8:31 PM

    Good for him. Glad to see he’ll be ok.

  10. bruceroy1 says: Aug 27, 2013 8:46 PM

    Keep the engine running on that ambulance, he gonna need it again during the Ravens game. @jrebar88, our overpriced, overhyped quarterback won a Super Bowl and was named MVP, what did your (37) old ass quarterback do? That’s right he threw a pick 6 to Corey Graham who will be waiting for him again. Chump Bailey probably won’t play, doesn’t want to get his ass burned off again by Torrey Smith. And I think Mr. Dumrevil has a bone to pick, I wouldn’t want to be a Bronco’s quarterback, especially an inmobile old ass one. hahahaha GO RAVENS AGAIN!

  11. jrebar88 says: Aug 27, 2013 8:53 PM

    bruceroy1 says:
    Aug 27, 2013 8:46 PM
    Keep the engine running on that ambulance, he gonna need it again during the Ravens game.
    ———

    Classy. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, a Ratbird fan.

  12. honkeyt says: Aug 27, 2013 9:39 PM

    Don’t have a dog in this fight but Bronco fans, really? The Ravens came into your house and beat you in your mile high air. Oh yeah and Joe Flacco outplayed Manning. Newsome did a good job of rebuilding that defense. Manning is going to take a beating because that Broncos line is a mess. He will get his but he is going to get pounded.

  13. gloryfromheaven says: Aug 27, 2013 9:46 PM

    jrebar88 says:
    Aug 27, 2013 8:53 PM
    bruceroy1 says:
    Aug 27, 2013 8:46 PM
    Keep the engine running on that ambulance, he gonna need it again during the Ravens game.
    ———

    Classy. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, a Ratbird fan.

    ————

    That’s what you would expect from Ratbird fan, it’s not that everybody hates the Ravens, it’s that everybody hates the Ravens because of their fan base…

  14. salutethis says: Aug 27, 2013 9:49 PM

    With A Few Exceptions That’s What You Can Expect Jrebar88…

  15. bigbaldpapahawk says: Aug 27, 2013 9:58 PM

    12th Man is happy to see the recovery! Welcome back kid.

  16. scrotiemcb says: Aug 27, 2013 10:04 PM

    All I know is Joe Flacco owes Rahim Moore at least $10 million.

  17. sandblastermoron says: Aug 27, 2013 10:22 PM

    I see the turd birds are excited!

  18. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Aug 27, 2013 11:00 PM

    Derek, loosen up those wrist wraps your hands are turning purple.

  19. nodindenver says: Aug 27, 2013 11:44 PM

    I like this kid more and more every day. Not much hedging with this fella; “there is no question that I’ll play.” Get better D Wolfe because you and your mates should have a bone to pick September 5th. As 18 has said, “we need to find out who the rats are!” Evidently, we have a few of them commenting here.

  20. maximusprime107 says: Aug 28, 2013 5:24 AM

    Glad he’s healthy and back on the field. Still can’t believe the NFL is letting Michael Robinson get away with that block. What a joke

  21. snowman36 says: Aug 28, 2013 8:03 AM

    @bruceroy1

    I love the enthusiasm and fandom!

    Broncos are probably going to win 6 Maybe 7 games this year. Too much hype

  22. purplereign2 says: Aug 28, 2013 9:12 AM

    Broncos fans should talk class. Two words: Sandy Clough. Dude guarantees a win all week in the most arrogant fashion possible, calls Ravens fans ‘gutless pukes’, and then has the audacity to not only NOT admit he was completely wrong, but to say his analysis of our team was correct!

    Keep in mind his analysis involved a double digit win by the Broncos, and quote “he could not see any scenario in the realm of possibility that the Ravens win this game”. Some professional broadcaster you got there, stay classy, Denver.

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