The Denver Broncos are losing one defensive lineman and adding another.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports defensive end Jared Crick is having surgery on his back and looking at a lengthy absence, per sources informed of the decision. Crick is likely headed to IR, per Rapoport.
Crick missed the season opener due to the back issue. The 28-year-old was coming off his first year in Denver in which he compiled 53 tackles, three sacks and six passes defended. Crick is set to be a free agent after the season.
Losing the lineman is a blow to a defense already lacking in run-stoppers in the trenches.
The 31-year-old Rubin was cut by the Seattle Seahawks, who traded for Sheldon Richardson before the start of the season. As a rotational run defender, Rubin should fill needed snaps in a depleted Broncos defensive front.