Broncos' Derek Wolfe leaves practice with right leg injury

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

Wolfe later took to Twitter to express his relief the injury wasn't as serious as it initially appeared when trainers helped him into the Broncos' complex as he couldn't put weight on his right leg.

Denver Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe warms up Saturday morning at the beginning of practice.

In May, Wolfe said he wanted to become more of a leader within the Broncos defense this season, per Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. ESPN's Josina Anderson reports it is "just an ankle sprain".

The Broncos' defense is already without starting outside linebacker Shane Ray for one or two regular season games with a torn right wrist ligament.

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The 27-year-old University of Cincinnati product racked up 51 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 14 games during the 2016 campaign.

His backup, Shaq Barrett, will miss an extended period of time due to a hip injury. Strong safety T.J. Ward has been out with a hamstring injury. Winn's injury created a path for Shebly Harris to make the team.

On Thursday, the Broncos lost defensive lineman Billy Winn for the season after he tore his ACL during Thursday's preseason opener against the Chicago Bears. The Broncos were practicing in full pads Saturday. He's been a stalwart up front for a unit that carried the team to the Super Bowl 50 title.

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said following the team's practice, the preliminary exam by the medical staff showed "the first look, it wasn't serious". Jared Crick starts opposite of Wolfe at defensive end.

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