Denver Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe may be ready to return to the field a lot sooner than anyone could have imagined. It was a scary site just two weeks ago watching Wolfe lay on the ground motionless after a play vs. the Seattle Seahawks in which he injured his neck.
After the play was over and Wolfe was unresponsive on the field, trainers and doctors rushed out to treat him, then placed him on a stretcher and carried off the field in an ambulance.
As he was rushed off the field, no one could have imagined he’d be back on a practice field anytime soon, let alone play in the regular-season opener vs. the Baltimore Ravens, which is now just nine days away.
But Wolfe was on the practice field today for the broncos, and it now appears he’ll be ready to play next week when the NFL season opens:
“I was just waiting for the pain to go away,’’ Wolfe said following the workout. “Zero pain, zero weakness, so that’s all good.’’
In Denver’s 3-4 defense, Wolfe plays at both nose tackle and at rush end, and played 903 defensive snaps last season as a rookie.