Wolfe was a limited participant at Thursday's practice with an abdominal muscle strain.
Coach Vance Joseph downplayed Wolfe's injury, saying "He's okay. He'll be fine," but the specifics of the issue remain unclear. The 28-year-old played 47 of 57 defensive snaps in the season opener, but registered only a single tackle in the contest.
Wolfe suffered a stinger during Tuesday's practice and left practice for the locker room as a result, Mike Klis of 9News.com reports.
Wolfe, who underwent neck surgery this offseason, had returned to full health before suffering this recent stinger. The issue shouldn't keep him sidelined for long, however, as he's expected to return Wednesday.
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.
|3||9/23/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|7||10/18/18||@ ARI||8:20 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/18/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/18||@ OAK||8:15 pm|
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