It’s been a long time coming, but the Denver Broncos finally confirmed Tuesday what seemed obvious for the last few weeks: Defensive end Derek Wolfe won’t play football again this year.
Wolfe hasn’t played since Week 12 and has barely been around the Broncos since suffering seizure like symptoms on the team bus headed to the airport for the Week 13 game in Kansas City.
Wolfe was placed on IR this afternoon along with Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. who tore his ACL in the playoff win against the San Diego Chargers this past weekend.
To replace Harris Jr. on the active roster the team signed former Patriot Marquice Cole. He was released by New England on December 26 after appearing in 13 games this year, making 15 tackles and recording an interception. The move could certainly be looked at as a bit of gamesmanship on the Broncos end, signing the former Patriot just days before the two teams meet in the AFC Championship Game.
The Broncos also announced sixth round draft pick Vinston Painter, who’s spent all year on the practice squad, will take Wolfe’s spot on the active roster. The tackle played 32 college games in his career at Virginia Tech.
The weather for Sunday’s game keeps getting better.