Broncos practice squad player Ryan Murphy sent home after questioning in prostitution sting

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Broncos practice squad player Ryan Murphy was questioned by police and released Tuesday in relation to a prostitution sting, according to media outlets in the Bay Area.

The reports said he was not involved, but the team said in a statement it was sending him back to Denver.

The Broncos picked up Murphy, a safety, and added him to the practice squad in November. He was released by the Seattle Seahawks in September.

“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. Ryan is returning to Denver but his status as a practice squad player has not changed at this time,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said in a statement released by the team.

Reports said the sting was part of Santa Clara County's human trafficking task force and it took place in a part of north San Jose known for prostitution. It took place in a motel parking lot.

KPIX reported that police detained a suspected prostitute who said she needed to go back to a car to retrieve some property. The source in the report said Murphy and his brother were in the car. Murphy was questioned and released.

The suspected prostitute and Murphy's brother were cited, according to the report.

Murphy is from the Oakland area.