Derek Wolfe signed a four-year contract extension with the Denver 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 Denver Broncos reinstated 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.
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.
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