OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore Ravens defensive end Derek Wolff announced Monday that he has undergone his second hip surgery of the year, the latest setback in his injury-strewn career.
Wolf, 32, missed the whole last season with thigh and back injuries. He underwent his first hip surgery in January and then had another operation five months later.
“I feel fine,” Wolf said in an Instagram video he recorded from his hospital bed. “We will fully recover here and try to live a normal life.”
His $2 million salary this season is totally guaranteed, and his max figure of $3.8 ranks him 13th in the Ravens. Baltimore re-signed a three-year, $12 million contract with Wolff (including a $5.4 million signing bonus) in March 2021, and he hasn’t played a game since.
Wolf injured his back and hip during joint training with the Carolina Panthers at training camp. He was set to return to the injured reserve in November, but returned to IR after appearing briefly at a practice.
Earlier this season, Wolf told a fishing podcast that he didn’t know if his hip injury would force him to retire. But Wolff later tweeted in March that he plans to return this season.
Justin Madhubwicki climbed to the starting line-up in place of Wolff last season, making 36 tackles and two runs. Baltimore also signed Brent Urban, a former fourth-round pick, to provide more depth on the defensive end.
In the Denver Broncos’ second-round pick in 2012, Wolfe struggled to stay healthy. He has missed a total of 39 games over the past nine seasons.