Although Crick has dealt with a back injury since mid-August, the team remained optimistic he would be ready for the start of the season. He was unable to go Week 1, and it now appears the injury was more serious than originally thought. The 28-year-old is expected to undergo surgery to repair the issue. Adam Gotsis will now step up at defensive end with Crick out, while the team picked up Ahtyba Rubin to help provide depth.
Crick's back injury will require surgery and he is expected to land on injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Crick has been dealing with the back injury since the middle of August, and while there originally was optimism surrounding his Week 1 status, it has taken a turn for the worse, as Crick could be out for the remainder of the season. The Broncos will likely provide an official update on the defensive end following surgery, but the team did sign defensive tackle Aytyba Rubin in light of this news.
Crick (back) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.
Crick was limited last week as well and sat out the Broncos season opening victory over the Chargers on Monday. Denver reportedly expected the 28-year-old to be ready to play for Week 1, so it's difficult to gauge how likely he is to suit up Sunday against the Cowboys.
Crick was able to work on a limited basis at practice this week, so it is a little surprising that he has already been ruled out. Regardless, the Broncos will be thin on the line in week one with both Crick and Zach Kerr (knee) already ruled out. The Broncos are likely exercising caution here in order to ensure his health going forward.
Crick (back) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.
The Broncos are likely just being cautious, as they still fully expect Crick to play Monday against the Chargers. With Derek Wolfe also expected to play, Denver's defensive front looks significantly better despite Shane Ray being moved to injured reserve.
|8||10/30/17||@ KC||8:30 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/17||@ IND||8:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
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