Denver Broncos Defensive End Derek Wolfe Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his dominant performance vs. the Packers.

The 2015 season got out to a rough start for Derek Wolfe. Suspened for the first four games of the year for violating the National Football League's performance enhancing drug policy (PED), Wolfe had to watch his team play from home each week. 

But he returned in Week 5 vs. the Oakland Raiders and immediately made his presence felt on the Denver Broncos top-ranked defense. It took a couple of games for Wolfe to get fully back into the swing of things, but he hit his stride last week vs. the Green Bay Packers.

Wolfe led the team with 7 tackles, one of which was for a loss. It was a career-high game for him. Wolfe helped limit the Packers to just 140 net offensive yards, which was 224 yards below their season average. 

The Broncos held Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to just 50 net passing yards. Wolfe was a primary contributor to the Broncos defense holding the Packers running backs to a 2.7 yards per carry average. 

This marks the first conference recognition of Wolfe's career and the third time this season a Broncos defender has earned weekly honors (Aqib Talib Week 1 & T.J. Ward Week 4). 

This also marks the 30th time a Broncos player has won the award since it's inception in 1984. Next up on the docket, the Broncos get a reeling Indianapolis Colts team, coming off of three straight losses. 

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