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Broncos release defensive lineman Mike Purcell

The Denver Broncos have released defensive lineman Mike Purcell ahead of the roster cut deadline.

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The Denver Broncos have released veteran nose tackle Mike Purcell. The announcement came late, but in the end the final roster cut ended up being a multi-year starter in Purcell.

Purcell, 31, became a mainstay on the Broncos after signing in 2019. He seemed to be a lock under the Vic Fangio defensive front. He has totaled 121 tackles and two sacks in his career. The release of Purcell could be short-lived, however. According to Mike Klis of 9News, the Broncos will look to bring Purcell back after they are able to move cornerback Michael Ojemudia to short-term injured reserve.

It’s a similar move they are doing with tight end Eric Tomlinson who was also released today. They plan to move Greg Dulcich to short-term IR and bring Tomlinson back.