Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe’s 2013 season came to a scary end after a seizure in November, but the seizure was just the final act in a long downward spiral for Wolfe.
A preseason spinal cord injury and two cases of food poisoning contributed to Wolfe losing 20 pounds and compromised his nervous system to the point that Wolfe said it was shutting down when he had the seizure. A December return to practice made things worse, leaving Wolfe to do nothing but rest until his body had recovered enough to stand up to the demands of football.
Wolfe feels he’s done that. He’s put back on the weight he lost last year, has been full participating in the team’s offseason conditioning program and generally feels like a new man.
“Honest to God, I feel better than I’ve ever felt,” Wolfe said, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post. “In my whole life I’ve never felt this good. It just shows I needed that rest. The body needed to heal. I have no pain in my neck. I’m sleeping better than I’ve ever slept. I’m not on any kind of medicine. No supplements. Nothing. No doubt in my mind that I’m going to be better than I ever was.”
The Broncos added a lot of help to their defense in free agency and the draft may bring more reinforcements, but a healthy and productive Wolfe would be just as important a change to a defense that Denver hopes will be steelier than it was last season.