Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe suffered a scary back injury, and he has a history of spine issues. The Broncos already shut him down for the season.
As the year comes to a close, Wolfe provided an update on his condition. It’s not quite as bleak as it seemed when this first happened.
“Broncos Derek Wolfe said on 104.3 The Fan that he has spinal stenosis in C7 segment in his neck,” wrote Troy Renck of Denver7. “Optimistic that rest and treatment will make a huge difference, extend his career. He wants to play 10 years in the league, minimum. The elbow issue last year amplified the neck problem; he used his neck/head to engage.”
Wolfe still believes he can come back and safely and effectively play in the NFL. Health does come first, but he doesn’t think this is a career-ending issue.
That’s a bit more positive than what he said when he stopped playing near the beginning of the month.
“As much as I’d like to get back out there and keep playing, when a spinal doctor tells you that you can lose use of your right arm if you don’t rest and heal properly, you listen,” Wolfe said to Mike Klis of KUSA, per Josh Alper of NBC’s Pro Football Talk. “I don’t want to lose the use of my right arm. I’m happy because he said I wouldn’t need surgery, which would have meant all kinds of crazy things. But he said there’s no way you should play football the next two months.”
Wolfe is a force to be reckoned with when healthy. Hopefully, he can get back to 100 percent.