According to Ian Rapoport, Broncos DE Jared Crick is undergoing surgery on his back and is looking at a lengthy absence. With this in mind, Rapoport adds that Crick will likely be placed on injured reserve in the coming days.
- Mike Klis adds that Crick is getting a second opinion but the fact that he’s likely to need back surgery would imply his season is probably over.
The Broncos have already signed veteran DT Ahtyba Rubin to a contract, so placing Crick on I.R. would free up a roster spot for him.
Crick, 28, was taken in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft. He played out his four-year, $2,491,500 rookie contract with the Texans before signing a two-year, $4 million contract with the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent last year.
Crick stands to make a base salary of $1.5 million for the 2017 season before testing the open market next March.
In 2016, Crick appeared in all 16 games for the Broncos and recorded 53 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and six pass defenses.