In a terrible and scary scene, Denver Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe was taken off the field Saturday after an apparent helmet-to-helmet collision during the first quarter of the Broncos' Week Two preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. Wolfe was strapped into a stretcher before being loaded into an ambulance on the field.
The latest updates are encouraging. The Denver Broncos have confirmed that Wolfe has feeling in his extremities. He is being evaluated for a cervical spine injury.
Wolfe, in his second year, plays starting defensive end for the Broncos in their base set while moving inside to defensive tackle in nickel packages. He is poised to have a breakout year for the Broncos as one of the key components in Denver's plan to replace Elvis Dumervil.
Following his injury, Malik Jackson replaced Wolfe at defensive end, while Mitch Unrein was inside in Denver's subsequent nickel formation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Derek Wolfe and his family. We'll have more information as it comes.
Update 10:08 p.m.: All tests are negative so far, including MRI's, CT scans, and x-rays. The team is hopeful that Wolfe may join them on their chartered flight back home, but he has not been released from the hospital yet.