OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Broncos reached a crossroads in their season Sunday night, with their offense fizzling and injuries mounting. As first reported by Denver7 on Sunday night, defensive end Derek Wolfe suffered a hairline fracture in his right elbow during the 30-20 loss to Oakland. Wolfe acknowledged he will miss some time, though the length of his absence is unknown until undergoing a CT-scan Monday.
"I wanted to go back in the game, but they wouldn't let me," Wolfe told Denver7 in exclusive interview. "I am not sure yet how long it will be."
Wolfe, who left the locker room with his arm in a sling, was enjoying a Pro Bowl-type season after signing an extension with the Broncos last January. He is one of the few players on the line to stop the run this season following the departure of Malik Jackson to Jacksonville in free agency.
The Raiders gashed the Broncos for a season high 218 yards on the ground Sunday. The Broncos are thin at defensive end. Veteran Billy Winn figures to receive more reps, and the team needs young players Adam Gotsis and Darius Kilgo, who was inactive Sunday, to step up.
"We have to find a way to bounce back and keep our poise as we deal with injuries," captain DeMarcus Ware told Denver7. "We have to eat our humble pie and then regroup. Nobody has won a championship yet. We still have seven games left."