ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos may be preparing for the season as if defensive end Derek Wolfe will start in Week 1, but they know he won't be on the field until about a month later because of his four-game suspension from the league.
Wolfe will do the same, though he does it with pangs of disappointment and regret.
"I really don't have any words for it other than I'm disappointed in myself," Wolfe said. "I let the fans down, I let my teammates down, my coaches and the whole organization."
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Teammates have been supportive, Wolfe said, but in spite of the bad news and the impact it will have in the first quarter of the season, he's looking to help the team however he can in training camp and beyond.
"I'm not even thinking about that suspension right now. I'm thinking about what we can do to get better as a team in this moment and at this time," Wolfe said. "At the end of the day, I'm going to sit out four games and I'm going to come back strong. Like I said, I'm going to be pissed off and I'm going to be hungry."
With an aggressive mindset, Wolfe is confident that his suspension will be spent as productively as possible.
"I'm going to go train my [posterior] off, that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to train every day and embrace the day. I'll come back in even better shape than I left camp."