Broncos Derek Wolfe says he "dodged a bullet" on ankle injury

Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted off the practice field at the team's Dove Valley headquarters Saturday morning with an apparent right leg injury. That's great news for Denver's defense. Kerr and Crick are arguably the team's two best defensive ends behind Wolfe. "Hopefully, it's not serious and it's just a sprain".

Winn played in all 16 games for the Broncos previous year, starting two.

Wolfe still has to undergo and MRI, but a person close to the situation told ESPN's Josina Anderson that Wolfe simply suffered an ankle sprain and he is "very lucky". That was our problem past year, and teams are going to check us. So, we need Derek Wolfe.

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.

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. Needless to say, the defense will be in much worse shape if Wolfe's injury is of the season-ending variety. Outside linebackers Shane Ray (wrist) and Shaquil Barrett (hip) aren't expected back until the start of the regular season or later. However, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network Insider reported that Wolfe could only miss some practice time to recover.

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