Broncos and Crick

Denver Broncos defensive end Jared Crick sacks Chicago quarterback Brian Hoyer during a 2016 NFL preseason game.

Denver starting defensive end Jared Crick stayed in Colorado to receive treatment for back spasms as the Broncos traveled for joint practices with San Francisco on Wednesday and Thursday before playing the 49ers on Saturday night.

The former Nebraska player was carted off the field Monday after going down in practice.

“He’s been tight for a couple days and it spasm-ed up pretty bad,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said after Tuesday's practice. “He’s day-to-day. Every day we’ll kind of see how he’s doing, but right now he’s out.”

Joseph, however, told reporters that he expects both Crick and defensive end Derek Wolfe (ankle) to be ready when the Broncos start the NFL season Sept. 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“That’s the plan and that’s why we’re going so slow with these guys," Joseph said.

Some other news and notes from former Nebraska and Midlands players as NFL teams head into their second round of preseason games:

>> It's not exactly Hard Knocks on HBO, but Redskins.com shares some video with former Husker linebacker Will Compton wired up in practice. "Now we get to turn it up," Compton barks as he joins a Washington defensive huddle. "Hey, we got to set the tone, fellas."

>> Niles Paul caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins in the Redskins' practice Wednesday. Washington is preparing for a Saturday night home game with Green Bay.

>> Brent Qvale, a 2014 undrafted free agent, is in the hunt to be the New York Jets' starting right tackle, competing with Brandon Shell. The Jets play at Detroit on Saturday night.

>> Vincent Valentine played just over 27 percent of the defensive snaps last season for New England, but the Boston Herald reports on the progress for the second-year defensive tackle out of Nebraska.

"I’ve got a lot of work to do," Valentine said. "I’m not trying to be happy with where I’m at now.”

>> What role will Rex Burkhead have with New England? His versatility should be of great value to the Patriots, according to the Boston Herald.

The Patriots play at Houston on Saturday night.

>> Cethan Carter might be fighting long odds to make the Cincinnati roster, according to the Bengals site on SB Nation. The Bengals have Tyler Eifert, C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft as good bets to make the 53-man roster, and also have H-back Ryan Hewitt and seventh-round draft pick Mason Schreck.

But Carter recently has been getting more reps with Uzomah out with an ankle injury. The Bengals play host to Kansas City on Saturday.

Of what rookies Schreck and Carter showed in their first preseason games, Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said "both did a great job of handling it, and that’s what you want to have."

>> Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara is bothered by a hamstring strain suffered Monday and considered day-to-day. The Bears travel to Arizona on Saturday night.

>> From the Los Angeles Daily News, Chargers left guard Matt Slauson on offensive line play: "You have five guys who have to move together as one. It takes time to build." Slauson and Los Angeles are at home against New Orleans on Saturday night.

>> Brandon Reilly is now wearing No. 89 with Buffalo after the Bills picked up Jordan Matthews and Matthews took No. 87. Buffalo plays at Philadelphia on Thursday night.

>> Former Omaha North and Ohio U. player Casey Sayles is listed as a No. 3 defensive tackle on the Los Angeles Rams' depth chart.

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