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Derek Wolfe | Defensive Lineman | #95

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 285
College: Cincinnati
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (36) / DEN
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Broncos signed LE Derek Wolfe to a four-year, $36.7 million extension.
That keeps Wolfe in Denver through 2019. The deal comes with $17.5 million guaranteed. Wolfe missed the Broncos' first four games on a PED suspension but went on to have a breakout season with 49 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He was the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week for Week 8 and earned PFF's 10th-highest grade among 3-4 defensive ends. Wolfe turns 26 next month. He's essentially Denver's poor man's version of J.J. Watt. Jan 15 - 4:18 PM

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Broncos LE Derek Wolfe has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 8.

Wolfe returned from his suspension in Week 5 and has been flat-out dominant in run defense. He was extremely disruptive in Sunday night's win over the Packers, being credited with seven tackles and five stops against the run.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 10:01:00 AM

Broncos activated LE Derek Wolfe from suspension.

Wolfe will return Sunday against Oakland. He’ll start opposite Malik Jackson, with Antonio Smith playing in sub packages. Wolfe should give Denver a run-stopping upgrade on early downs.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 09:35:00 PM

Suspended Broncos LE Derek Wolfe (concussion) has returned to practice.

Wolfe missed five days with his concussion. He’s been fully cleared after passing the league’s protocols. Wolfe is eligible to return from suspension in Week 5.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 05:09:00 PM

Suspended Broncos LE Derek Wolfe is week to week with a concussion.

Wolfe was carted off the field in Thursday's practice. It's scary news for a player who has a history of seizures. Suspended for Weeks 1-4, it now sounds like Wolfe could miss a big chunk of training camp.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 02:03:00 PM

NFL suspended LE Derek Wolfe four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Wolfe took a substance and was "genuinely unaware" that the league prohibited it. In June, it was reported Wolfe had bulked up to 290 pounds after dipping below 260 last season while recovering from a series of scary seizures. Wolfe will be eligible for return in Week 5. His loss is a slight blow to what should still be a strong Denver run defense.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 01:45:00 PM

Broncos LE Derek Wolfe has bulked up to 290 pounds after dipping below 260 last season while recovering from seizures.

Wolfe's second NFL season was ended by the seizure scare last November. Wolfe has 10 sacks through 27 games, but will have to fend off Malik Jackson for starting snaps this year. The Broncos are as deep as any team in the league up front with DeMarcus Ware, Quanterus Smith, and a healthy Wolfe joining Von Miller, Jackson, Terrance Knighton, Sylvester Williams, and Kevin Vickerson.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 03:18:00 PM

Broncos LE Derek Wolfe (seizure) said he feels "better than I've ever felt."

"In my whole life I’ve never felt this good," Wolfe said. "It just shows I needed that rest. The body needed to heal. I have no pain in my neck. No doubt in my mind that I’m going to be better than I ever was." Wolfe looked like a poor man's J.J. Watt as a 2012 rookie before falling off in 2013. He should enter the season as the starting left end opposite DeMarcus Ware on the right side.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 11:22:00 AM

Broncos LE Derek Wolfe declared himself fully recovered from last November's seizure, which ended Wolfe's second NFL season prematurely.

The seizure was brought on by a spinal cord bruise. Wolfe wound up losing 30 pounds, but has since regained 20 and is back near his playing weight of 285-290. "I'm ready to go. I'm going to be better than I was," he said. Wolfe had an outstanding rookie season before taking a step back when healthy as a sophomore. He's likely to enter 2014 as Denver's starting left defensive end.
Sun, Mar 2, 2014 02:31:00 PM

Broncos LE Derek Wolfe says, in hindsight, he tried to return too quickly from his preseason spinal-cord injury, which caused his nervous system to shut down in November.

Wolfe had to be removed from the team bus ahead of a Week 13 trip to Kansas City after he suffered seizure-like symptoms. He didn't play another down afterward and was placed on I.R. during the playoffs. "My nervous system started shutting down," Wolfe said. "Terrance Knighton started yelling, 'Stop the bus. Stop the bus.'" It's a scary situation, but Wolfe insists he's feeling much better. The Broncos will be cautious with Wolfe, whose status is up in the air for OTAs.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 05:52:00 PM

Broncos placed LE Derek Wolfe (illness) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Wolfe wasn't making progress in his return from seizure-like symptoms. Wolfe's 2013-14 ends having last played in Week 12. An 11-game starter before the illness, Wolfe notched four sacks and 16 tackles. Wolfe graded out negatively in Pro Football Focus' ratings before going down, but his presence has been missed, especially against the run. With his status up in the air, Wolfe should be considered questionable for OTAs.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 05:15:00 PM

Broncos LE Derek Wolfe (illness) has been ruled out for Week 19.

Wolfe hasn't made enough progress from seizure-like symptoms to be cleared for football action. Denver's defensive front seven will be a shell of what it could be Sunday against San Diego, with mini-Watt Wolfe on the shelf and Von Miller (ACL surgery) on I.R. The Broncos have also struggled at linebacker.
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 02:13:00 PM

Broncos LE Derek Wolfe (illness) is being held out of this week's practices, but is expected to get in a limited session on Monday.

The fact that Wolfe is being held out this week after practicing on a limited basis for Week 17 is not a good sign for his playoff status. According to the Denver Post, it's "not looking promising" for Wolfe returning for the Divisional Round.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Jan 2, 2014 04:59:00 PM

Broncos LE Derek Wolfe (illness) has been ruled out for Week 17.

The Broncos are targeting the playoffs for Wolfe's return from seizure-like symptoms. He resumed practicing on a limited basis this week.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 02:21:00 PM

Broncos LE Derek Wolfe (illness) has resumed practicing.

Wolfe practiced Wednesday for the first time since suffering seizure-like symptoms on a team bus ride back on Nov. 29. He's not expected to play against the Raiders Sunday, but he does have a chance to contribute when the Broncos open their playoff run. The Broncos could certainly use him in the wake of Von Miller's ACL tear as Wolfe has four sacks in 11 games on the year.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 08:37:00 AM