By Michael Spencer


(CBS4) – Defensive lineman Derek Wolfe will miss the rest of the season for the Denver Broncos after dislocating his elbow during Sunday’s win 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.

Derek Wolfe is checked out by the medical staff during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High on Dec. 1, 2019.

Derek Wolfe is checked out by the medical staff during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High. (credit: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

“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.

Derek Wolfe

Derek Wolfe of the Denver Broncos celebrates after a play in the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Oct. 27, 2019. (credit: Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

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.”

“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.”

The Broncos (4-8) will visit the Houston Texans on Sunday.

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