Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe is expected to miss some practice with an ankle injury, but an MRI on Wednesday afternoon showed no significant damage.
Wolfe left Wednesday’s joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers and did not return. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak later said Wolfe “had rolled his ankle, so we’ll get it looked at.”
Following practice, Wolfe underwent the MRI, revealing the sprain. Later Wolfe told ESPN’s Josina Anderson: “It’s nothing serious, and if it were a regular-season game, I would be playing.”
Wolfe, who did not take part in the team’s walk-through Wednesday evening, is expected to be held out of on-field work and is not expected to play Saturday night against the 49ers. The injury comes in a week when defensive end Vance Walker suffered a season-ending knee injury in Monday’s practice. Walker tore his right ACL and will have surgery when the swelling goes down.
Rookie Adam Gotsis and Jared Crick will get more work with the starters in the days ahead. Gotsis played 27 plays in the Broncos’ preseason opener in Chicago — 52 percent of the defensive snaps — and had a tackle for a loss. Crick was one of the most active and efficient players in the Broncos defense in the 22-0 win over the Bears, with two tackles, including a sack, and two hits on the quarterback in his 16 plays.