Wolfe signed a four-year contract extension with the Broncos on Friday. Wolfe's new deal comes after he was suspended for this season's first four games, but came back and enjoyed the best campaign of his four-year career. To that point, Wolfe totaled 49 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 12 games played, emerging as a long-term option at defensive end along the way. With the ink drying on his new contract, Wolfe figures to enter Sunday's playoff game against the Steelers full of confidence.
The Broncos reinstated defensive end Derek Wolfe from the suspended list Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports. Wolfe is set to resume playing after completing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Wolfe started all 16 games for the Broncos last season, but it remains to be seen if he will reclaim his starting job out of the gate.
Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe has been suspended four games by the NFL for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy, the team announced on Friday. Wolfe will remain with the team through training camp and the preseason, but will no be eligible to return after that until the team's Week 4 matchup against the Vikings. Wolfe said that a medication he took triggered the positive test. "During the offseason I took a medication which is on the banned substance list," he said in the statement. "The medication is not a substance which would enhance my on-field performance in any way and I genuinely was unaware that it was prohibited, but players are responsible for what is in their bodies. "I will certainly exercise far greater caution in the future and will seek advice relating to the permissibility of any and all medications." Wolfe recorded 35 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 16 games for the Broncos last season.
The Broncos will have both Peyton Manning and Emmanuel Sanders Week 17 against the Raiders. Manning came into the contest listed as probable due to a thigh injury. He was never really expected to miss the contest. Sanders was listed as questionable with a hip issue. He was a limited participant in practice all week. The team will also have nearly all of their probable players. That means C.J. Anderson, Lamin Barrow, David Bruton Jr., Ryan Clady, Chris Clark, Ronnie Hillman, Will Montgomery, Manny Ramirez, Jacob Tamme, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Kayvon Webster and Derek Wolfe will all attempt to play.
The Broncos have ruled out linebacker Brandon Marshall (foot) for Sunday's regular season finale against Oakland. Defensive back T.J. Ward (neck), tackle Paul Cornick (toe) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (hip) were deemed questionable, while 16 players were deemed probable. Those included running back C.J. Anderson (ankle), linebacker Lamin Barrows (illness), safety David Bruton Jr. (calf), tackle Ryan Clady (thigh), tackle Chris Clark (back), running back Ronnie Hillman (foot), Peyton Manning (thigh), center Will Montgomery (knee), center Manny Ramirez (illness), tight end Jacob Tamme (foot), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle, hip), tight end Julius Thomas (ankle), running back Juwan Thompson (hip, knee), defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (illness), cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder) and defensive end Derek Wolfe (knee).