SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Denver Broncos practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was sent home after being questioned by authorities during a prostitution sting in San Jose.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. James Jensen says the 23-year-old Murphy was detained and questioned Tuesday and released after investigators determined he was not involved in any criminal activities.

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak announced in a statement released later Tuesday that Murphy would be sent back to Denver because it would be best for the team to prepare for the Super Bowl without him.

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