Denver Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe had to be carted off the practice field on Saturday with an injury, but it appears that the Broncos and Wolfe dodged a bullet.
According to a report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the organization doesn’t believe Wolfe’s injury to be serious, pending further testing.
The Broncos are already strapped for defensive line depth after losing reserve Billy Winn to a torn ACL on Thursday night in their preseason opener against the Chicago Bears. Losing Wolfe, their best defensive lineman, would have struck a major blow to a defense looking to improve significantly against the run.
Wolfe was selected by the Broncos in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft and he’s been an a starter for them ever since. He’s made 69 starts with Denver and recorded 22.5 sacks.
That performance earned him a four-year extension worth $36.7 million just before the Broncos’ victory in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers.
Free-agent addition Zach Kerr and second-year defensive lineman Adam Gotsis will figure to get more work with the first-team for however long Wolfe is on the shelf. The Broncos are back in action for Week 2 of the preseason against the San Francisco 49ers on Aug. 19.