It looks like the Denver Broncos will not see Derek Wolfe p0lay in another snap this season.
The defensive end was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, effectively ending his season. Wolfe has not played a game since the Broncos traveled to Foxboro to play the New England Patriots, which, ironically, is the team the Broncos will be facing in the AFC Championship Game. Wolfe was recovering from seizure-like symptoms during the bus ride to play the Kansas City Chiefs. There were signs of him being able to recover in time for the playoffs, but it never happened and was ultimately shut down for the rest of the season.
I believe that this was a smart move by the coaching staff. While they lose one of the best run stoppers on the team, it was a long time coming. The media and fans never really knew what was going on with him, as I have said in a previous article. This move just showed that he was not able to fully get better. It kind of reminds me of when Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks suffered from vertigo-like symptoms. He had spot starts, but once he suffered from it, he just wasn’t himself and was shut down for the year. I believe this is exactly what happened with Wolfe. Seizures are no joke, but I believe that he never was the same physically and mentally since suffering the unfortunate injury.
Best wishes to Wolfe on a fast recovery. He now joins Ryan Clady, Von Miller and Chris Harris as the Broncos players that had their season end prematurely. This is just another hurdle that the Broncos will have to overcome, and dare I say, they have done a pretty good job of doing that this season.