Derek Wolfe ankle injury not considered serious

Scott Winters  Icon Sportswire

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe took to social media Saturday to say he "dodged a bullet" with a right ankle injury after he had been carted off the field during practice on Saturday.

Wolfe appeared unable to put any pressure on his right leg as he was helped by trainers from the cart into the team's facility.

It is always my hope when National Football League players exit in this fashion that is an ankle injury. He is one of their best defensive players, if not their top interior player. After a season marred by a painful elbow injury, Wolfe added bulk in the offseason, beefing up 20 pounds, he said.

Wolfe's injury occurred early in the team's 11-on-11 drill.

Winn, a sixth-year pro from Boise State, played in all 16 games last season in his first year in Denver. Winn tore his ACL. The Broncos were practicing in full pads Saturday. He played in 2014 and 2015 with the Oakland Raiders. Vance Walker remains available. On the edges, Shaquil Barrett (hip) and Shane Ray (wrist) are both out through the preseason and possibly longer.

Safety T.J. Ward has not been active due to a hamstring injury. It is possible he could move back inside and the Broncos could add an outside linebacker.

Jared Crick is a returning starter at the other defensive end position.

With depth NT Kyle Peko still recovering from a broken foot, the interior of the line was already a man short.

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