Denver Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe had to be carted off the practice field on Saturday with an injury but it appears that the Broncos and Wolfe dodged a bullet. Upon leaving the cart, he limped into the locker room with the help of the training staff, placing no weight on his right leg.
The Broncos added free agent rookie Nelson Adams for depth on Saturday.
As it turned out, Wolfe had an ankle injury that the Broncos initially didn't believe to be serious, although the team was still conducting more tests.
Nose tackle Kyle Peko is now tending to a broken foot. Safety T.J. Ward has missed the last week with a hamstring injury.
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Wolfe was in a pile during a running play in a team drill early in practice - tackle Menelik Watson limped, flexing his own right leg following the play - and stayed down. On the edges, Shaquil Barrett (hip) and Shane Ray (wrist) are both out through the preseason and possibly longer. The team could also consider moving second-round rookie DeMarcus Walker back to defensive end, although head coach Vance Joseph said he could him at outside linebacker for now.
In each of the past two seasons, Wolfe has notched 5.5 sacks.
Until Wolfe is completely healthy, the Broncos will be down to Jared Crick, Zach Kerr, Adam Gotsis, Domata Peko, Tyrique Jarrett, Shakir Soto and Shelby Harris on the defensive line.