Wolfe (neck) has recovered from offseason neck surgery and is ready to return to action, Troy Renck of TheDenverChannel.com reports. "I feel great, dude," Wolfe said. "I am lifting weights, heavy. I am doing 500-pound dead lifts, doing big squats. I had 225 pounds on my back doing straight leg squats the other day. I am good. I am using 150 pound dumbbells for bench press, I am good. Whatever they want (in offseason workouts). They want me to put a helmet on? I will go. I am ready."
Wolfe has reportedly been dealing with nerve pain over the past two seasons, prompting the defensive lineman to undergo surgery on the right part of his neck back in February. Two months later and the 28-year-old appears to be fully recovered in time for organized team activities later this month. He'll now focus on returning to form on the field after a rather disappointing 2017 campaign in which he recorded 31 tackles and two sacks in 11 contests.
Broncos general manager John Elway said Wednesday that he expects Wolfe to remain with the team for the start of the 2018 campaign and make a full recovery from offseason neck surgery, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports. "Sounds like [Wolfe] is doing really well. He's happy with the surgery so far," Elway said. "[Wolfe] is another one we plan on going forward with."
Elway's comments mimicked what was suggested earlier Wednesday by head coach Vance Joseph, who said he "absolutely" wants to see Wolfe with the Broncos in 2018 and beyond, according to Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com. Wolfe, who signed a four-year, $36.7 million contract extension with Denver in January 2016, was placed on injured reserve shortly after suffering a neck injury Nov. 26 against the Raiders, finishing the season with 31 tackles and two sacks in 11 contests. He was later diagnosed with spinal stenosis, but despite the severity of that condition, the 28-year-old Wolfe dismissed the possibility of retirement. While he could remain limited or unavailable for the Broncos' offseason program, Wolfe is expected to be back to full strength by the end of training camp and settle back into a starting role at defensive end.
Wolfe underwent offseason surgery to relieve nerve pain on the right side of his neck and indicated that he's feeling better than he has at any point in five years, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. "I can honestly sit here and tell you that as far as my neck goes -- I have to build my strength back up...but [the neck is] fixed," Wolfe said. "I feel so much better."
Wolfe had been dealing with the nerve pain during both of the past two seasons, causing him to miss seven games total, including the final five contests of the 2017 campaign. After undergoing surgery, Wolfe said that his neck has full functionality again, clearing up concerns about the defensive end's availability for training camp. The 27-year-old is still working to regain strength, however, so he could be limited during the Broncos' offseason program.
Defensive coordinator Joe Woods said Wolfe (neck) is recovering well and believes that doctors have "finally found the problem" in regard to the exact nature of the defensive end's injury, Carl Dumler of Scout Media reports.
Wolfe, who spent the final five games of the 2017 season on injured reserve, revealed last December that he's experiencing spinal stenosis in the C7 segment of his neck. Wolfe himself has previously expressed confidence that this injury won't end his career, but he still needs to gain medical clearance in order to take the field again. Fortunately, the chances of that happening seem favorable at this juncture, putting to rest any talks about his potential retirement.
Wolfe has spinal stenosis in the C7 segment of his neck, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Wolfe re-iterated that this won't be the end of his career, as he wants at least four more years in the league. However, he admits that an elbow injury he suffered in the 2016 campaign made his neck injury worse, as he would engage with his head and neck more on tackles. The sixth-year defensive end had 31 tackles (18 solo) and two sacks through 11 games in 2017.
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