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Marvin Austin Jr. injury ends his 2015 season; Broncos claim TE Jake Murphy

The defensive tackle had a promising 2014 training camp, but a groin injury has given his 2015 season a premature end.

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The Denver Broncos placed defensive tackle Marvin Austin Jr. on Injured Reserve Thursday, the last day of public training camp, weeks after the 2014 breakout stopped practicing due to a groin injury and conditioning issues.

The Denver Post notes that Austin could pursue an injury settlement with the Broncos, which would make him a free agent.

To replace Austin on the roster, the Broncos were awarded tight end Jake Murphy off waivers. Here's more information on Murphy via the Broncos' press release -

Murphy (6-4, 252 pounds) is a first-year player who competed on practice squads with Miami and Cincinnati as a rookie in 2014. He spent the preseason with Oakland last year after being signed by the Raiders as a college free agent from the University of Utah.

In 30 career games (14 starts) with the Utes, Murphy totaled 63 receptions for 830 yards (13.2 avg.) with 10 touchdowns. He was a Class 5A All-State selection at American Folk High School in Alpine, Utah.

Interestingly, Murphy is also a son of Dale Murphy, an MLB great who retired a member of the Colorado Rockies. The elder Murphy was a six-time NL All-Star and two-time NL Most Valuable Player.

Re: Austin, it's unfortunate to see such a promising prospect a year ago fizzle so quickly. Hopefully Austin gets healthy and gets in-shape for the Broncos next year.