Murphy was signed to the Broncos practice squad this November after being released by the Seattle Seahawks, who had selected him with their seventh round pick in last year’s NFL draft out of Oregon State.
An Oakland native, Murphy was traveled with the Broncos to the Bay Area in preparation for the team’s upcoming Super Bowl 50 match-up with the Carolina Panthers.
Police made contact with Murphy after detaining a suspected prostitute Tuesday night outside of a Motel 6 in North San Jose, an area notorious for heavy prostitution and sex trafficking.
According to sources, the woman informed police that she needed to go to her car to retrieve property. Inside the car police found Murphy, 23, and his brother waiting for the woman.
Murphy was questioned by San Jose police and released after it was determined he had not taken part in any illicit activity. However, both his brother and the woman involved have received prostitution citations in connection with the sting.
Within 90 minutes of Murphy's release head coach Gary Kubiak released a statement announcing the team would be sending 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 Super Bowl 50 preperations without him," Kubiak said. "Ryan is returning to Denver, but his status as a practice squad player has not changed at this time."
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