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February 18, 2021 02:36 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Follow-up surgery approaching
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell is set to undergo a follow-up surgery in about a month to have a plate and several screws removed from his foot, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Less than a month after iinking a three-year, $11.5 million contract extension in October, Purcell suffered a Lisfranc injury Week 7 against the Chiefs that would keep him out for the remainder of 2020. Before getting hurt, Purcell collected 15 tackles and a sack over his first six appearances after posting career highs in tackles (48) and tackles for loss (eight) during his debut season with the Broncos in 2019. Following his upcoming procedure in March, the 29-year-old is expected to need 6-to-8 weeks of recovery time, so he won't be able to participate in OTAs. Purcell should be ready to go for training camp, however, and he's expected to reclaim a key role at defensive tackle heading into 2021.

November 19, 2020 10:12 AM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Sporting leg accessory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell was seen at Wednesday's practice with a scooter elevating his surgically repaired foot, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Purcell has resided on injured reserve since Oct. 27 with the foot issue and is not expected to return to the lineup this season. This news re-affirms the notion that Purcell won't return this season, as Sylvester Williams will continue to operate as the team's starting nose tackle.

October 27, 2020 06:20 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Moves to injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell (foot) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Coach Vic Fangio said after Sunday's loss to the Chiefs the 29-year-old was out for the season, so it was only a matter of time before he shifted to injured reserve. Purcell was playing the highest snap share of his career and had 15 total tackles and one sack prior to the Lisfranc injury.

October 26, 2020 02:36 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Will be shut down for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell suffered a Lisfarnc injury in his foot during Sunday's loss to the Chiefs and will miss the rest of the season, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Purcell has been a steady contributor for the Broncos this year, consistently handling a starting workload on a defense that ranks ninth in the league by allowing just 109 rushing yards per game. He's produced 15 tackles and a sack in the process. Purcell is the second starting Broncos defensive lineman to go down for the season, as Jurrell Casey (biceps) was shut down after Week 3. This could have major ramifications for the Broncos' defense, but rookie McTelvin Agim will step into a starting role and look to ease the pain of Purcell's absence.

October 25, 2020 06:28 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Ruled out with foot injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell will not return to Sunday's game against the Chiefs due to a foot injury, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Purcell was forced out of action early in the third quarter. With McTelvin Agim (healthy scratch) inactive, the Broncos could have to rely on DeMarcus Walker or Dre'Mont Jones to slot into the interior of the defensive line.

October 18, 2020 11:40 AM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Ready to rock
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell (knee) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Purcell practiced on a limited basis all week, so the fact that he's able to suit up is a positive sign. Now that the 29-year-old is healthy enough to play, he'll likely assume his usual starting role at nose tackle for Week 6.

October 16, 2020 06:48 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Questionable for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Purcell was limited in practice all week, and he's trending up after practicing just one day last week. The 29-year-old nose tackle has accrued 13 tackles and a sack through four games, and if he's ultimately ruled out, McTelvin Agim is expected to start in Purcell's place.

October 11, 2020 10:40 AM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Considered questionable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell (knee) is questionable for Monday's game versus the Patriots, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Purcell didn't practice all week until Saturday, when he was a limited participant, so perhaps the extra day of rest will be enough for the 29-year-old to suit up against the Patriots. He handles a considerable workload at nose tackle, but if he can't get healthy in time, expect McTelvin Agim to bump into a starting role.

October 6, 2020 04:12 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Inks extension with Broncos
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell signed a three-year contract extension with the Broncos on Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.

The official numbers are still uncertain, but Purcell will stick in his home state through the 2023 season. The 29-year-old nose tackle has recorded 13 tackles (nine solo) and a sack through four games while consistently playing at least 60 percent of the team's defensive snaps.

August 28, 2020 11:00 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Healthy for Friday's practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell (calf) returned to practice Friday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Purcell's injury was minor since he missed only a few days of practice, so the starting nose tackle will resume preparing for the 2020 season. The 29-year-old played 13 games for the Broncos in 2019, recording 48 tackles.

August 25, 2020 09:28 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Misses second straight practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell (calf) did not practice Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Purcell has now missed back-to-back practice sessions. The Broncos will count on him as a key starter and run defender when healthy. Purcell's lack of upside as a pass rusher leaves him with minimal IDP value in most fantasy formats.

April 18, 2020 06:24 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Officially signs contract tender
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell officially signed his contract tender with the Broncos on Saturday.

Denver placed a second-round tender on Purcell in March, but no teams were willing to put up the asking price to provide an offer sheet, so he'll be staying in the Mile High City. The 29-year-old didn't record any sacks over 13 games in 2019, but he had a career-high 48 tackles (28 solo) and was a major factor in the Broncos' run defense.

March 19, 2020 01:24 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Figures to keep starting spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Following the acquisition of Jurrell Casey, Purcell figures to hold onto the starting nose-tackle spot heading into camp, Benjamin Allbright of KOA Colorado reports.

The Broncos' entire starting defensive line hit free agency to start the league year and all options appeared to be on the table, including signing former Texans' nose tackle D.J. Reader, now with the Bengals. The Broncos ultimately tendered Purcell and traded for Casey, who can play up and down the line, but figures to play end opposite sophomore Dre'Mont Jones on base downs. Denver will almost certainly look for additional reinforcements in free agency and the draft, but it'll be tough to find an upgrade to Purcell -- Pro Football Focus' top-graded run defender in 2019 -- without a serious additional investment. Purcell's spot looks safe heading into the 2020 season.

March 18, 2020 04:52 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Dealt contract tender
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Broncos extended a second-round tender to Purcell on Wednesday, Adam Schefter reports.

Purcell proved himself to be one of the most consistent run defenders in the league last season, recording 48 total tackles across 13 games. Assuming no other club is willing to match the asking price of a second-round pick, Purcell will be in store for regular snaps along Denver's defensive front in 2020.

January 26, 2020 11:32 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Shores up defense in 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell ended the 2019 season with 48 total tackles.

Playing the nose, Purcell was seldom in position to rack up tackles, but his insertion into the lineup in Week 5 -- along with adding Alexander Johnson and moving Shelby Harris to defensive end -- has been credited with plugging up the Broncos' leaky run defense. Denver surrendered 147.3 rushing yards per game during the season's first four games with Purcell playing as a reserve and 99.5 yards per game thereafter, including impressive efforts against premium backs such as Dalvin Cook, Derrick Henry and Melvin Gordon. Purcell will be a restricted free agent this offseason, but he should be a safe bet to reprise his role in 2020 given head coach Vic Fangio's familiarity and fondness of him dating back to their time together with the 49ers.

November 18, 2019 04:56 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Cleared Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell (ribs) returned to Sunday's game against the Vikings, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Purcell suffered the injury in the first quarter but, after receiving extra treatment, made his return to the field. Now that he's back, expect the Wyoming product to resume his usual role as the team's starting nose tackle.

November 17, 2019 01:28 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Leaves with injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell was forced out of Sunday's game against the Vikings with a rib injury, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

The Broncos will have to carry on without their starting nose tackle. Purcell recorded 18 tackles over the last five games, and the team now has just four healthy defensive linemen. Either Dre'Mont Jones or Adam Gotsis figure to bump to the interior in Purcell's place.

August 9, 2019 04:36 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: One tackle Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell (head) recorded one assisted tackle during Thursday's preseason game against the Seahawks.

Purcell suffered a head injury during last week's preseason opener against the Falcons, and now appears to have made a full recovery. The veteran defensive tackle will resume competing for a depth role with the Broncos.

August 2, 2019 11:44 PM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Leaves game with injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell is questionable to return to Thursday's preseason opener against the Falcons due to a face laceration, Erich Schubert of the team's official site reports.

Purcell exited Thursday's game in the first half. The 28-year-old is competing for a depth spot on Denver's roster behind Shelby Harris and will look to get healthy as soon as possible.

April 23, 2019 11:16 AM
Broncos' Mike Purcell: Signs on with Denver
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell signed a contract with the Broncos on Monday.

The 28-year-old nose tackle has 42 career games under his belt but has not appeared on an active roster since 2016. Purcell projects to serve as a reserve option behind Shelby Harris and faces a tough path to the 53-man roster.

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Game Log
DateOpponentResultTKLASTTOTSCKINTPDEFFFSTY
Mon 09/14vs TENL 14-1641500000
Sun 09/20@ PITL 21-2610110000
Sun 09/27vs TBL 10-2811200000
Thu 10/01@ NYJW 37-2832500000
Sun 10/18@ NEW 18-1211200000
Sun 10/25vs KCL 16-4300000000
Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
2020DEN6615105100000
2019DEN137482820000000
2017KC000 0.00 000-00
2016SF15526179000000
2015SF8315114100000
2014SF20110000000
2013SF000 0.00 000-00
Total4421105 67.038 200-00
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/328
Birthdate:
04/20/1991
Age:
29
Hometown:
Denver, CO
School:
Wyoming
NFL Experience:
6
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