Denver Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe experienced the nightmare scenario for any football player, when he was down on the field for about eight minutes before taken off the field on an ambulance.
The Broncos announced that Wolfe was being evaluated for a cervical spine injury but he had movement in his extremities. At halftime, head coach John Fox announced that a CT scan was negative and the team was awaiting the results of an MRI.
"So far the reports we've gotten are positive in the sense that there are no broken bones," Fox said. "CT scan was positive and right now we're waiting on an MRI so, so far all the news is good."
After the game, the Broncos announced that Wolfe had been released from the hospital and would fly home with the team.
Thanks for the prayers everyone, ill be okay and will be back on the field soon #broncosup
— Derek Wolfe (@DerekWolfe95) August 18, 2013
Wolfe went down in the first quarter of Denver's preseason game against the Seahawks. He was face first, mostly motionless on the turf after he took a shot to the head and neck area.
On a run play, Seahawks tight end Luke Willson came across the line and blocked Wolfe low, taking out his legs. As Wolfe was trying to get up, Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson hit him in the head and neck area.
The Broncos training staff got to him, and in a few minutes Wolfe was strapped onto a stretcher and loaded on an ambulance.
Crowd applauds as Derek Wolfe of Broncos is lifted into ambulance. pic.twitter.com/UWpqfaGi6q
— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@SandoESPN) August 18, 2013
Football-wise, Wolfe is a key part of the Broncos defense. He had a very good rookie season after Denver took him in the second round last year. Hopefully he is OK and the injury he suffered wasn't nearly as bad as it looked for some scary minutes in Seattle.