By Sharon Chin

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Broncos rookie safety Ryan Murphy is being sent back to Denver after being questioned by San Jose police during a prostitution sting, according to a statement by the team’s coach.

The sting was part of Santa Clara County’s multi-agency human trafficking task force. According to KPIX 5 sources, authorities were targeting an area of north San Jose known for prostitution.

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According to sources, police detained a suspected female prostitute in the area of North First Street and Brokaw Road. The woman told task force members that she had to go to a car that was parked in a gas station near the intersection to retrieve some property.

Murphy was inside that car along with his brother. Sources said Murphy was questioned and released by police. However, his brother and the suspected prostitute were cited.

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Sources also later revealed that Murphy’s brother and alleged prostitute have a relationship.

Murphy grew up in Oakland and went to high school at Oakland Tech. The rookie was drafted in the seventh round out of Oregon State last year by the Seattle Seahawks before being waived in September. He was picked up by the Broncos and added to their practice squad a month later.

Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak released a statement Tuesday night that read: “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.

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Ryan is returning to Denver but his status as a practice squad player has not changed at this time.”