The mystery that surrounded the Denver Broncos‘ standout defensive lineman Derek Wolfe‘s sudden seizure and placement on injured reserve was made clear by the second year player.
Wolfe had his first interview since the seizure episode he suffered before the Broncos’ matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, and his experience with what surfaced makes a lot of sense. He went on to state that the seizure episode surfaced from a possible spinal cord injury he suffered in the team’s second preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, the team that would later on crush the Broncos in the Super Bowl. He was carted off the field and hospitalized at the time of the injury.
He seemed that he would be fine since he was released from the hospital in time for the third preseason game, but sure enough three months later the seizure happened. He recalled being unconscious for 26 hours and not remembering anything that stemmed from the whole incident. Then things got scary; he was induced into a coma to make sure there were no brain tumors in his system. There was nothing life threatening, and they thought it would just take some rest to recover.
Wolfe told reporters that he tried to come back for the playoffs, but many believe that he was rushed too soon and Wolfe stated that he suffered a nervous system shut down, which probably would have led him to being placed on injured reserve.
Now that we got to hear his side of the story, it makes sense as to why he took so long to recover; it was for his own good. Perhaps shutting him down for the season at that point would have been the best for his health, but as all good players do, he wanted to help his team, and who could blame him? He has stated that he will be returning to working out next week, which is a good sign, but he should take it easy coming back.
We all wish him a fast recovery and a great offseason, and hope that Wolfe will be ready for the 2014 NFL season.