Broncos add a lineman to replace Billy Winn, Derek Wolfe injures ankle

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Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe went down with a right leg injury during the team's practice on Saturday morning, enough to take the air out of the session. Upon leaving the cart, he limped into the locker room with the help of the training staff, placing no weight on his right leg.

Wolfe said that he "dodged a bullet", and then posted a photo of his swollen ankle to Twitter. The Broncos were practicing in full pads Saturday.

Wolfe appeared to suffer the injury during an 11-on-11 play early in practice.

The Broncos' defense is already without starting outside linebacker Shane Ray for one or two regular season games with a torn right wrist ligament.

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According to a report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the organization doesn't believe Wolfe's injury to be serious pending further testing. Strong safety T.J. Ward has been out with a hamstring injury.

Winn, a sixth-year pro from Boise State, played in all 16 games last season in his first year in Denver. It is possible he could move back inside and the Broncos could add an outside linebacker.

Until Wolfe is completely healthy, the Broncos will be down to Jared Crick, Zach Kerr, Adam Gotsis, Domata Peko, Tyrique Jarrett, Shakir Soto and Shelby Harris on the defensive line. Losing Wolfe, their best defensive lineman, would have struck a major blow to a defense looking to improve significantly against the run.

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