Derek Wolfe ankle injury not considered serious

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Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe went down with a right-leg injury during the team’s practice on Saturday morning, enough to take the air out of the session. Though he was carted off the field and taken to the trainer’s room without being able to put weight on his injured leg, the Broncos do not deem the ankle injury as something serious.

“Great news,’’ Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib told Denver’s 9News. “I was praying as soon it happened that it was just a sprain or something like that and nothing serious. Hopefully, it’s not serious and it’s just a sprain.’’

The Broncos’ defense can’t have any more bodies pile up on the sidelines. Shane Ray, who tore a ligament in his right hand, is currently out but targeting an early-season return.

His backup, Shaq Barrett, will miss an extended period of time due to a hip injury.

Nose tackle Kyle Peko is currently tending to a broken foot.

Safety T.J. Ward has not been active due to a hamstring injury.

On Thursday, the Broncos lost defensive lineman Billy Winn for the season after he tore his ACL during Thursday’s preseason opener against the Chicago Bears.

Wolfe has posted 5.5 sacks in each of the previous two seasons, respectively. He totaled a career-high 51 tackles in 2016.

The Broncos, who edged the Bears 24-17 to start the exhibition slate, will be back in action on Aug. 19 when they travel to San Francisco.

The regular-season opener will be played at home when the Broncos host the Los Angeles Chargers.

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