SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Broncos coach Gary Kubiak says he’s disappointed he had to send home one of his practice squad players who was caught up in a prostitution sting a few miles from the team hotel.
The Broncos sent safety Ryan Murphy home after he was questioned by authorities during a sting in San Jose on Tuesday.
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Sgt. James Jensen said Murphy, 23, was detained and questioned Tuesday and released after investigators determined he was not involved in any criminal activities.
The Broncos sent him back to Denver anyway because they said it would be best for the team to prepare for Super Bowl 50 without him.
"Yeah, there’s disappointment, but it’s been dealt with and we’ve moved on," Kubiak said Wednesday. "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 work this morning with our meetings and getting into our routine. So we’ve moved on."
Murphy is a 6-foot, 214-pound rookie who was a seventh-round pick by Seattle out of Oregon State last spring. Released by the Seahawks at the end of training camp, he joined the Broncos’ practice squad in November.
"Everybody has to be accountable but it’s definitely unfortunate that he had to go home and miss the experience. He’s a really good kid," linebacker Brandon Marshall said. "I wanted him to experience the whole week and go to the game. It’s unfortunate."
The Broncos are staying at the Santa Clara Marriott, near Levi’s Stadium, site of Super Bowl 50 and about four miles from the location where Murphy, who is originally from Oakland, was questioned.