Defensive lineman Derek Wolfe will miss the rest of the season for the Denver Broncos after dislocating his elbow during Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. The injury came in the fourth quarter and after Wolfe sacked Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers two times during the game.
“I don’t know that he’ll be able to play again this year,” Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said.
The coach said it’s possible Wolfe will be placed on the injured reserve list.
“The time involved with that healing and where we are in the season probably precludes him from playing anymore,” Fangio said.
Despite being in his 8th season, and only playing 12 games, Wolfe had a career high 7 sacks in 2019.
Wolfe is in the final year of his contract with the Broncos.
Fangio praised Wolfe in his weekly news conference on Monday for his “resiliency.”
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“He was just solid and played good. He was where he was supposed to be with the right mindset and he played physical,” Fangio said. “I think he had a career high in sacks, which for a guy at this stage in his career speaks to his resiliency and the work that he’s put in and the effort that he was playing with.”
It was the first time Miller had missed a game since 2013, when he suffered a torn ACL in the second-to-last game of the regular season and then missed the regular-season finale and the Broncos’ three playoff matches, including Super Bowl XLVIII.
Miller, wearing a brace on his left knee, went through a workout before Sunday’s game with Denver head trainer Vince Garcia looking on, and the decision was made to keep Miller out of the lineup versus the Chargers.
As far as whether Miller would play this week versus the Texans, Fangio said this Monday: “I do think there is a good chance he will be able to go this week.”
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