So, it's understandable then why the Broncos might've panicked when a key member of that defense went down with an ugly looking injury at practice.
Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted off the practice field at the team's Dove Valley headquarters Saturday morning with an apparent right leg injury.
His backup, Shaq Barrett, will miss an extended period of time due to a hip injury.
Wolfe, 27, was injured when he became tangled up with offensive tackle Menelik Watson in a team drill.
On Thursday, the Broncos lost defensive lineman Billy Winn for the season after he tore his ACL during Thursday's preseason opener against the Chicago Bears. Safety T.J. Ward has missed the last week with a hamstring injury.
Broncos will also practice Monday (in the past that practice has been open to sponsors) and then travel to San Francisco on Tuesday for two practices with the 49ers and the 2nd pre-season game on Saturday.
He is in the second year of a four-year contract that will pay him $6.05 million this year. He was set to rotate with newcomers Domata Peko and Zach Kerr, among others, on the Broncos' rebuilt D-line.
Broncos coach Vance Joseph said following the team's practice, the preliminary exam by the medical staff showed "the first look, it wasn't serious".