13 August, 2017
Broncos defensive end Billy Winn is out for the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and suffering damage to other ligaments in his right knee during Thursday's preseason opener at Chicago, an National Football League source confirmed.
Winn, fifth-year veteran, injured his right knee when he fell awkwardly with 39 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
A festive crowd enjoying the final day of public practices grew quiet as Wolfe lay on the field for several minutes, cheering him when he sat up and hopped onto the cart.
Winn hobbled out of Soldier Field on Thursday with the aid of crutches. Losing Wolfe, their best defensive lineman, would have struck a major blow to a defense looking to improve significantly against the run. The Brandon, Mississippi native played in 43 games for the Bulldogs during his four-year college career, and started 16 of them. As one of the main cogs in their defensive line, Wolfe has racked up 100 tackles and 11 sacks in the past two seasons. He will become the fourth nose tackle on the roster, joining Domata Peko, undrafted rookie Tyrique Jarrett and Kyle Peko, who is now on the physically unable to perform list. At the time of his injury in July, Kyle was expected to return early in camp.
Free-agent addition Zach Kerr and second-year defensive lineman Adam Gotsis will figure to get more work with the first-team for however long Wolfe is on the shelf.
Hopefully, Winn is able to make a full recovery and play again at some point.