9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the injury "appears to be serious".
The Denver Broncos appeared Saturday to have dodged a huge hit to their battered defensive line: Derek Wolfe's right ankle injury apparently isn't as serious as first thought. In a text to ESPN's Josina Anderson Wolfe said the injury was a sprain and that he would be ready for the September 11 regular-season opener against the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos were practicing in full pads Saturday.
Wolfe was in a pile during a running play in a team drill early in practice - tackle Menelik Watson limped, flexing his own right leg following the play - and stayed down.
Wolfe recorded 51 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 14 games last season.
Derek Wolfe ankle injury not considered serious
That performance earned him a four-year extension worth $36.7 million just before the Broncos' victory in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers. He then had to be helped into the training room while placing no weight on his right leg.
His backup, Shaq Barrett, will miss an extended period of time due to a hip injury.
Safety T.J. Ward has not been active due to a hamstring injury. The team could also move second-round rookie DeMarcus Walker back to defensive end after the team shifted him to outside linebacker last week.