Broncos' Murphy questioned by deputies, sent home


A quiet Super Bowl week thus far for the Denver Broncos took a surprising turn Tuesday night when the team decided to send home practice squad safety Ryan Murphy after he was questioned in a prostitution sting.

Sgt. James Jensen of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office confirmed to NFL Media that Murphy was briefly detained and questioned by deputies Tuesday in San Jose, California. Murphy was released after deputies determined he was not involved with their prostitution investigation, Jensen said.

The Broncos announced Murphy would not stay with the team in the Bay Area as they continue to prepare for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

"Although practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was not cited by police, we decided it was best to continue our preparations for Super Bowl 50 without him," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said in a statement. "Ryan is returning to Denver but his status as a practice squad player has not changed at this time."

Kubiak spoke about the issue publicly for the first time Wednesday morning, clearly wanting to put the matter behind him.

"Yeah, there's disappointment, but it's been dealt with and we've moved on. I dealt with it yesterday and obviously disappointed for the young man, but we're focused on what we have to do football wise, we're on to work this morning with our meetings and getting into our routine. So we've moved on," Kubiak said.

Murphy grew up in Oakland and attended Oakland Tech. He was a seventh-round pick by the Seahawks this season and was eventually signed by the Broncos to their practice squad on Nov. 5.