Crick might be the first man up to replace starter Vance Walker - who is out for the year with a torn ACL, team's official site reports. Crick was drafted during the Gary Kubiak/Wade Phillips regime while they were all in Houston - so the familiarity is there. While neither coach's tenure lasted long enough to see Crick become a starter, defensive line coach Bill Kollar did coach Crick during his first year as a starter in 2014. Crick accumulated 104 tackles and 5.5 sacks in his last two years in Houston and his understanding of the defense could prove invaluable in stepping in and replacing Walker.
The Broncos have signed Crick to a two-year deal. Starting opposite star defensive end J.J. Watt in Houston, Crick logged 48 tackles and two sacks for the Texans in 2015. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder, who the Houston Chronicle describes as a "gritty run-stopper," figures to compete with Vance Walker and Kenny Anunike for playing time on the Broncos' defensive line, with the team looking to fill the void created by the free agent departure Malik Jackson.
Texans defensive end Jared Crick (knee) is expected to start Week 6 against the Jaguars, the Houston Chronicle reports. Crick practiced for the first time this week Friday and is questionable on the injury report. He's started all five games thus far, recording 21 tackles, one sack and three quarterback hits.
The Texans have designated the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 4 matchup with the Bills: quarterback Tom Savage, safeties Shiloh Keo (calf) and Eddie Pleasant (ankle), linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee), cornerback A.J. Bouye (groin), wide receiver DeVier Posey and offensive tackle Jeff Adams. Bouye was questionable to play this week, while Keo, Pleasant and Clowney had all been previously ruled out. Running back Arian Foster (hamstring) and punter Shane Lechler (hip) are active after being listed as questionable. Wide receiver Andre Johnson (ankle), defensive ends Jared Crick (neck) and Tim Jamison (groin), cornerbacks Kareem Jackson (thigh) and Johnathan Joseph (foot/ankle, neck), safety D.J. Swearinger (elbow, hip) and guard Ben Jones (knee) are all active for the game.
The Texans have issued their typically extensive injury report for their Sunday game against Buffalo with linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) and safeties Shiloh Keo (calf) and Eddie Pleasant (ankle) ruled out. Listed as questionable are cornerback A.J. Bouye (groin), featured back Arian Foster (hamstring) and punter Shane Lechler (hip). The rest are probable. They are defensive ends Tim Jamison (groin) and Jared Crick (neck), cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph (foot/neck/knee) and Kareem Jackson (thigh), wideout Andre Johnson (ankle), guard Ben Jones (knee) and safety D.J. Swearinger (elbow/hip).