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NFL Injury Report:
Less than a week ago, Denver Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe was being strapped to a stretcher before being taken from a football field in an ambulance. There was initially concern that Wolfe suffered a potentially devastating neck injury, but he was eventually cleared to return home with his teammates. Now, having survived an early-season scare, Wolfe is hoping that he's able to return in time to take the field Week 1 of the regular season.
Wolfe told Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press that his recent experience made him even more thankful to be able to play the game he loves.
"It's amazing how much you don't like to practice until
you can't do it anymore," Wolfe said. "And it's real humbling
whenever you can't really feel your extremities for a while. I get a little
emotional about it because this is what I love to do and I couldn't imagine
myself doing anything but this game."
After being hit high by Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, Wolfe remained on the ground for some time before being taken to a local hospital. An MRI later revealed no major damage, but Wolfe thought his injury was significant immediately after sustaining it.
"I could move everything the whole time, it was just
everything felt kind of fuzzy," he said. "Obviously, when you shock
your system like that, it has to kind of reboot. As of now, everything is back
to normal. As soon as the pain goes away, I'll be all right. I've got full
At this point, Wolfe continues to experience discomfort in the right side of his neck. Once the pain subsides and he receives another clean MRI, Wolfe said he expects to be cleared to return to action.
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