Report: Derek Wolfe advised to not play rest of 2017 season

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Quarterback Derek Carr
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Quarterback Derek Carr /

According to a report from Mike Klis, Derek Wolfe has been advised not to play football the rest of the 2017 season with his neck injury…

When Derek Wolfe updated his status about a week ago, the report was startling.

Wolfe has obviously had a history with this neck issue, but this time, there have been some really disturbing things happening like Wolfe experiencing numbness from his thigh up to his face.

A recent report from Mike Klis indicates that a doctor has advised Wolfe to sit out the rest of the 2017 season, so he should be going on injured reserve very soon. Here’s a piece of that report by Klis that shocked me:

"“As much as I’d like to get back out there and keep playing, when a spinal doctor tells you that you can lose use of your right arm if you don’t rest and heal properly, you listen,’’ Wolfe said in a phone call from the Los Angeles airport Monday night with 9NEWS. “I don’t want to lose the use of my right arm. I’m happy because he said I wouldn’t need surgery which would have meant all kinds of crazy things. But he said there’s no way you should play football the next two months.’’Derek Wolfe, from Mike Klis report, 9News"

Given what Wolfe said there, there’s no question that his 2017 season is finished. He’s not going to risk losing an arm by going out and playing the final four games of the season for a team that is on the brink of a nine-game losing streak and one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

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The only plan the Broncos should be considering moving forward is one where Wolfe goes on injured reserve as soon as possible, and takes whatever time he needs to recover.

Obviously, Wolfe is one of the toughest players on the roster and has played through and fought through a number of injuries, but he’s not immune to the severity of playing through bad injuries. If Wolfe continues to get hit and — like he said in a previous radio appearance — intentionally hit in the head/neck area by opposing linemen, he’s risking his future.

That’s just not something the Broncos should let him do, and it doesn’t seem Wolfe wants to do it either.

Wolfe has nerve damage, but no surgery is required for him going forward, which is a good thing. Hopefully we’re able to watch Wolfe do what he does so well on the football field again, but the only important thing right now is his health.