Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe says that his ankle is about 75-to-80 percent recovered, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. Wolfe suffered a severe ankle sprain in practice back on August 12 after getting tangled up in a pile with offensive lineman Menelik Watson.
“I put cleats on today and did a couple hill runs and some get-offs and some 50-yard runs,” Wolfe told 104.3 The Fan on Wednesday. “I’ve been putting in like four or five hours a day at work.”
Still, Wolfe wants to make sure that his ankle is fully healed before he starts taking part in real game action again.
“Think about the kind of weight my ankle has to take on,” he explained. “Not only is it carrying my 300-pound body, but you take on a double-team and I plant my right foot in the ground? I think I got two 330-pounders pushing on me at the same time plus my body weight on the same ankle. It needs to be good and strong. It needs to be 100 percent before I can go out there. Because if not it’s just going to cause other issues.”
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph says that Wolfe is coming along well.
“Before he was kind of so-so, but he made a lot of progress,” said Joseph. “He’s out of the boot. He’s walking in normal shoes.”
Denver will play its final preseason game on Thursday evening against the Arizona Cardinals. It will then open up the regular season on Monday, September 11 when it hosts the rival Los Angeles Chargers.