Denver Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe suffered a neck injury in Week 15 against the New England Patriots. While he started against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16, the neck injury will sideline Wolfe once again.
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Wolfe Out vs. Raiders
Friday, Dec. 30
Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post reported Wolfe won't play Sunday against Oakland.
Wolfe Has Been Strong Contributor to Broncos D
Wolfe is one of the key contributors on the defensive side of the field for Denver, starting every game he has played in since being drafted in the second round in 2012.
The 26-year-old has appeared in 13 games this season, totaling 5.5 sacks and 49 tackles, including two against the Patriots before his injury. He also had 5.5 sacks in 2015 while contributing to the Broncos' run to a Super Bowl title.
While he doesn't always put up big numbers, he is a strong run-stopper, and his presence on the defensive line often opens things up for the rest of the defense. This is why the Broncos signed him to a four-year extension in the offseason.