Denver Broncos defensive tackle Jared Crick will undergo back surgery and will likely be moved to injured reserve.
Per ESPN, when coach Vance Joseph said this week the team wanted to get ready to be healthy "in the future,'' he meant well after this week.
Crick has practiced just twice since suffering a back injury in mid-August. Recovery time for the surgery varies greatly with back surgeries.
The Broncos will sign formerdefensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin to take his place.
ESPN noted that Crick left the Broncos' Aug. 15 practice with what was then called back spasms. He practiced one day last week, in the days before the regular-season opener, but then did not practice for the remainder of the week and did not play in Monday night's win over the.
Crick then practiced Wednesday, on a limited basis, but was then held out of Thursday's practice. After the workout Joseph was asked if Crick had suffered a setback in his recovery.
"I wouldn't say a setback, we're just being really smart with him,'' Joseph said Thursday. "We want to get him totally healthy so he can help us in the future.''
Part of getting Crick "totally healthy" will now include surgery that is expected to repair a disc issue. Crick played the most snaps of any of the Broncos' defensive linemen in 2016.
He closed out the year with 939 plays on defense, or 82 percent of the snaps. Crick is in his sixth season and signed with the Broncos in free agency last year.
Crick, 28, spent his first four NFL seasons in Houston before coming to Denver last season. Over five seasons he's made 199 tackles, 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and 19 pass bat-downs.