The Denver Broncos lost Von Miller for the season, but it appears that they are close to receiving a big time pass rusher back.
Broncos’ defensive end Derek Wolfe returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since becoming ill before the team’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. He has been absent for the last four games, so there could be some rust to knock off for him. While he was not on the practice field, he was showing signs of improvement with his strength and conditioning. For a defense that has had its fair share of issues throughout the season, it is great to see one impact player making a return just at the right time.
I believe having Wolfe back in the lineup in time for the postseason is going to help this defense greatly. As a defensive end, he is just one lineman away from the quarterback. And for a player who has shown signs of being a great pass rusher, this could come in handy when it comes time for the playoffs. It will be interesting to see if the Broncos decide to play it safe and rest him for the upcoming game against the Oakland Raiders so that he is ready to go in January or if he is healthy enough to play the regular season finale.
One thing is certain though. With all the injuries that the defense has seen to key players and their mediocre play at times, it will be nice to see Wolfe’s return to the starting lineup become a positive for the team, especially now with the games becoming more important than ever before.