UPDATE: Wolfe was released from the hospital and flew back to Denver with the team.
SEATTLE -- A little more than five minutes into Saturday's preseason game in Seattle, CenturyLink Field went from loudly celebrating a first down to eerie silence.
Broncos defensive end
On a second-and-5 run, Wolfe was brought to the ground on a cut block by Seattle tight end Luke Willson. As he was starting to get back up, fullback Michael Robinson came in for another block and hit him in the head and neck.
Wolfe laid on the ground after the play as trainers and doctors rushed out to treat him. After approximately 10 minutes, he was placed on a stretcher and carried off the field in an ambulance. The CenturyLink Field crowd gave him a standing ovation.
“It’s tough," linebacker
The team announced that the defensive end was being evaluated for a cervical spine injury. He had movement in all of his extremities.
"So far the reports we've gotten are positive in the sense that there are no broken bones," Head Coach John Fox said at halftime. "CT scan was positive and right now we're waiting on an MRI so, so far all the news is good."
Teammates not at the game immediately took to Twitter.
"Praying for Derek Wolfe right now," tight end
"Prayin 4 D Wolfe man," chimed in running back
Even the Seahawks tweeted their "prayers" for Wolfe and wished him a speedy recovery.
After the game, Fox updated Wolfe's status.
“I don’t want to say something that I’m not sure of yet," he said, "But the x-rays were fine the CT scan was fine, they are still evaluating the MRI so the results of both of those tests are positive – as far as good news – so we’ll see as it goes forward. I don’t want to jump to any results right yet, until its finalized.”
After Fox finished his press conference, the team received word that Wolfe would be able to join the club on its charter flight back to Denver.
“That’s extremely good to hear,"
Sunday morning Wolfe took to Twitter to express his thanks for all the well wishes.
Thanks for the prayers everyone, ill be okay and will be back on the field soon #broncosup— Derek Wolfe (@DerekWolfe95) August 18, 2013