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.

50 responses to “Derek Wolfe leaves Seahawks-Broncos game in ambulance

  1. 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…

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

    Ask the tobacco companies how this plays out.

  3. 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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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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