KUSA—Derek Wolfe said he didn’t mean anything by his absence from the Denver Broncos’ trip Monday to the White House.
“I just had a lot of stuff going on, things to do,” Wolfe said as he walked off the practice field following the Broncos’ minicamp session Wednesday.
So he wasn’t making a political statement or had a problem with President Barack Obama?
“No, it was nothing like that,” Wolfe said.
The defensive end was a big reason why the Broncos were honored at the White House by Obama. Wolfe had all 8.0 of his 8.0 sacks last season in the final 10 games, including 2.5 in three postseason games.
The Broncos rewarded Wolfe with a four-year, $36.7 million contract extension in January.
Broncos’ cornerback Aqib Talib returned to Broncos headquarters Wednesday, four days after suffering gunshot wounds in the back of his right thigh and right calf.
Dallas police are still investigating the matter as is the NFL. Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said Talib would stay in Denver and rehab at the team’s facility while the rest of the team is on a five-week vacation from next Friday until they are to report back to training camp around July 28.
“I know ‘Greek’ (trainer Steve Antonopulos) looked at him briefly this morning,” Kubiak said. “We sent him to our doctors today, and then they will meet sometime this afternoon and try to gather a plan and see where we’re at and where we’ll go.”
Kubiak rested several veteran players from participating in practice Wednesday, including receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart, and cornerback Chris Harris Jr.
Offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo has returned to participate in a few, 11-on-11 reps at right guard. Sambrailo is coming off left shoulder surgery that forced him to miss all but the first three games of his rookie year in 2015.
“He looked very rusty yesterday. He’d be the first one to tell you that, but we expected that,” Kubiak said. “Just want to get out of here healthy in the next week and get Russell (Okung) and get them all going. I think we made some good progress up front.”