The Broncos challenged at times but ultimately didn't have enough as they fell 30-20 in Oakland. (Photos by Eric Bakke, unless noted)
OAKLAND — The Broncos suffered yet another blow to their defense Sunday night when defensive end Derek Wolfe left the game with an elbow injury. He walked off the field under his own power, but Wolfe was taken into the locker room and eventually ruled out for the remainer of the game.
Head Coach Gary Kubiak had no update after the game but said that Wolfe would be evaluated Monday when the team returns to UCHealth Training Center.
Even without Wolfe, the Broncos defense knows it must step up as a unit to stop the run.
"Wolfe is a big loss especially on the defensive line," outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware said. "He's been a strong side guy that's stopping the run. We've got to replace him. That's what team is about. Everybody's got to pick up the pieces. It's not just one guy out there playing. It's 11. All 11 guys have to pick up where he's missing."
*Correction: Nov. 7, 2016
An earlier version of this article stated Wolfe suffered a shoulder injury. It is an elbow injury.*
Updates on the status of Broncos injured in Sunday night's game against the Raiders follow:
8:36 p.m. MT: Defensive end Derek Wolfe walked off the field under his own power with an elbow injury with 6:52 remaining in the third quarter. Wolfe was blocked onto a heap of players on a Raiders rushing play and remained down as team medical staff came to his aid. Wolfe walked off to the sideline, where he was looked at by trainers again before going to the locker room. Billy Winn entered the game in Wolfe's absence.
8:42 p.m. MT: Wolfe is listed as questionable to return.
9:01 p.m. MT:Wolfe has been downgraded to out with the elbow injury.