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Broncos' Derek Wolfe adds flu to list of troubles this season

4:51 PM, Dec 26, 2013   |    comments
Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) during the second half against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 37-21. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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KUSA - With a bug going around Dove Valley, the Denver Broncos sent home defensive end Derek Wolfe but nearly everyone else was able to practice Thursday.

Coach John Fox said Wolfe picked up the flu that hit the coach Monday.

"We've had it going through the team, through the building - the 24-hour variety. Hopefully he'll be back [Friday]," Fox said after Thursday's session. "We're just a microcosm of society, so it works through our group too."

Wolfe returned Wednesday after missing nearly a month because of an undisclosed illness. Before that, he sustained a head and neck injury during the preseason game in Seattle then had a bout with food poisoning in September.

Receiver Wes Welker (concussion) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (thumb) continued to practice Thursday on a limited basis after returning Wednesday. Welker had been out since his concussion on Dec. 8, and Webster had surgery on his thumb, which he broke in the Dec. 12 game against San Diego.

"He's just going to have to get used to playing in that cast," defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said of Webster. "He's going to be in that thing for the duration of the season. How he acclimates himself with that thing and being able to play with that will determine how much we can use him."

The only other player not to participate Thursday was backup center Steve Vallos, who sustained a concussion Sunday against Houston.

Even with a number of NFL records and well as the playoff seeding on the line this week in the season finale at Oakland, Fox contends the team's focus is on the Oakland Raiders, who will start quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

"We've looked hard at games where Pryor played. We have pretty good idea of how they'll attack us," Fox said.

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