The Denver Broncos waived defensive lineman Kenny Anunike today, re-signed safety Ryan Murphy in his place, ending Anunike's quest to make it back to the grid-iron for the team who signed him as a college free agent out of Duke. Murphy spent parts of the 2015 season on the team's practice squad and is best known for the incident he was involved in during Super Bowl week.
The move brings a frustrating end to a star-crossed 27 months for Anunike in which he played three regular-season games, but saw both of his two previous seasons end on injured reserve because of an elbow injury in 2014 and a knee injury a year later.
Anunike made his biggest impression in the preseason opener at Seattle last year, where he racked up eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
Injuries sidetracked Anunike in each of the past two seasons, compromising his promise. His pass-rushing abilities earned him three years in Denver despite the fact that he endured two knee injuries that cost him two seasons with the Duke Blue Devils. The extent of his injuries were so great that the NCAA granted him a rare sixth season of eligibility.
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