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Broncos place Derek Wolfe on IR, make pair of practice squad moves

Posted Dec 5, 2017

The sixth-year defensive end's season officially ended Tuesday.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Defensive end Derek Wolfe’s season came to an end Tuesday when the Broncos placed the sixth-year player on injured reserve.

Wolfe missed Sunday’s game against the Dolphins after suffering a neck injury early in the Broncos’ contest against the Oakland Raiders.

Wolfe started each of the Broncos’ first 11 games and recorded two sacks and 21 tackles. He was a key cog in a run defense that’s giving up the second-fewest yards per carry in the NFL through 13 weeks.

During his media availability Monday, Head Coach Vance Joseph had hinted at the possibility of Wolfe’s season being over.

“We’re exploring every option with him, including IR,” Head Coach Vance Joseph said Monday. “So, we’ll see with him as far as how that will turn out.”

Shelby Harris started at defensive end against the Dolphins in place of Wolfe and should continue to see extensive work.

The Broncos also waived practice-squad center Gabe Ikard and signed guard Jeremiah Poutasi to the practice squad.

The Tennessee Titans drafted Poutasi with the 66th-overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and he has also spent time with the Jaguars and Rams.

Poutasi has started eight career games.