Ryan Murphy was questioned and then released in a prositution sting(Photo: KUSA/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA – Is the game here, yet?
Super Bowl 50 can't
get here fast enough for the Denver Broncos. First, the team's players were involved in a three-bus chain-reaction accident while riding from practice to their team hotel on Monday. No Broncos were seriously injured although several were left feeling body soreness from the impact of the collision.
Then on Tuesday, practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was questioned and released during a prostitution sting in San Jose. What will Wednesday bring, besides practice at Stanford University?
Murphy, 23, a quiet, friendly type, was present at a Motel 6 involved in the sting. He was released after authorities determined he was not involved in any criminal activity, according to NBC News.
Though he hasn't been cited in the incident, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak determined the distraction from the incident was enough to send Murphy home.
"Although practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was not cited by police, we decided it was best for the team if we continued our preparations for Super Bowl 50 without him," Kubiak said in a statement released Tuesday night. "Ryan is returning to Denver, but his status as a practice squad player has not changed at this time."
9NEWS confirmed at around 8 p.m. Tuesday that Murphy was headed back to the airport.
Broncos are sending practice squad safety Ryan Murphy home on 1030 flight tonight. Kubiak isn't messing around. #9news#9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) February 3, 2016
Murphy, a rookie safety out of Oregon State, was a seventh-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks. He was waived by Seattle on Sept. 5, and later joined the Broncos practice squad. With the Broncos' two starting safeties, Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward, sitting out practice last week, Murphy received some first-team walk-through reps during practice at the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse in Englewood.
Asked if he was getting called up to the 53-man roster for the Super Bowl, Murphy said: "I'm getting myself ready in case I am.''
Now, Murphy won't finish the week as a practice player.
During the sting, NBC News reports 10 men were cited and released. Twenty women acting as prostitutes were offered county resources.
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