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Derek Wolfe ankle injury not considered serious

Derek Wolfe ankle injury not considered serious

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted off the field during Saturday's practice after suffering a right ankle injury.

The Broncos will practice twice with the 49ers this week in advance of their exhibition game on Saturday, so second-year end Adam Gotsis will move up and take Wolfe's workload with the front-line defenders.

"Great news", cornerback Aqib Talib said. "I was praying as soon it happened that it was just a sprain or something like that and nothing serious". Losing Wolfe, their best defensive lineman, would have struck a major blow to a defense looking to improve significantly against the run. "Hopefully, it's not serious and it's just a sprain". Wolfe posted 5.5 sacks each of the past two years. That was our problem a year ago, and teams are going to check us. We need Derek Wolfe.

The Broncos have wrestled with some high-profile injuries so far in camp;running back Devontae Booker (left wrist) and linebacker Shane Ray (left wrist) will miss the entire preseason.

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The Broncos can not afford to lose Wolfe as they have already lost defensive lineman Billy Winn for the season due to a torn ACL suffered in Thursday's preseason game.

Joseph said he did not see the play occur. Needless to say, the defense will be in much worse shape if Wolfe's injury is of the season-ending variety.

He also had vowed to become a more vocal presence in the locker room following the retirement of DeMarcus Ware.

Winn collected 19 tackles and one fumble recovery in 16 games, including two starts, last season for the Broncos.