On Wednesday, the Denver Broncos released their first injury report of the postseason. All players fully participated in the Wednesday practice except one player, Derek Wolfe.
Wolfe was once again on the injury report and did not participate with what the report is calling an illness. It is important that players fully recover, but ever since Wolfe suffered seizure-like symptoms before the Dec. 1 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. I am not saying that there is an excuse as to why Wolfe is not practicing, but it seems odd that it has been close to six weeks since he has last fully practiced or even suited up for a game for something that should have been a short recovery time.
Are the Broncos being cautious with Wolfe’s return like they were with Wes Welker earlier this season, or is there something that we, as fans and the media, are not being informed on? It remains unknown what the real problem is behind the lingering injury that Wolfe is suffering from. He has been involved in conditioning and light practices, but the fact that we are not being informed on what has been lingering with the defensive end is cause for concern.
I believe Wolfe is going to make a difference for this Broncos defense during their playoff run that starts on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, but the fact that Wolfe is still on the injury report is certainly a concern for not just fans, but it puts him in question for the media as well. Wolfe has been really good as far as the run stopping abilities that he has, and that will be important, especially if Ryan Matthews ends up playing, but he too is going through an injury. Stopping the run is something the Broncos struggled to do in the last meeting and Wolfe is a key player to do that.
Wishing Wolfe recovers quickly, but not knowing what is going on with the defensive end can raise a couple questions to try to acquire answers on what the real issue is.