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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.

July 27, 2018 05:24 PM
Chiefs' Mike Purcell: Re-signs with Chiefs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell signed with the Chiefs on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

This will be Purcell's second stint with the Chiefs this year after he signed a reserve/future deal with them in January before being released in April. Purcell was not on an active roster in 2017 and has appeared in 42 career games, and he would be little more than a depth option on Kansas City's final roster.

May 2, 2018 11:40 AM
Mike Purcell: Let go by Chiefs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell was waived by the Chiefs on Tuesday.

Purcell joined the Chiefs practice squad in November and inked a reserve/future contract in January. The 27-year-old has 29 tackles (16 solo) and one sack in 42 career games, but he was not on an active roster in the 2017 season.

January 10, 2018 02:28 PM
Chiefs' Mike Purcell: Snags reserve/future deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell inked a reserve/future contract Tuesday with the Chiefs, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.

Purcell signed with the Chiefs' practice squad in late November and will join Kansas City for its offseason program. He'll attempt to latch onto the 53-man roster as a reserve defensive lineman in 2018.

May 4, 2017 10:16 AM
Rams' Mike Purcell: Claimed off waivers by Los Angeles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rams claimed Purcell off waivers Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Purcell spent his first three seasons in the league with the 49ers after joining the team as an undrafted free agent. During the 2016 campaign, Purcell played in 15 games (five starts), tallying 26 tackles and a forced fumble. After being waived by the 49ers earlier in the week, Purcell will now join the Rams and aim to win a roster spot as a backup along the defensive line.

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM
Mike Purcell: Cut by 49ers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The 49ers released Purcell on Tuesday.

After playing in just 10 games during his first two seasons with the 49ers, Purcell participated in 15 contests during the 2016 campaign. He tallied 26 tackles and a forced fumble on the year. The Wyoming product was tendered to a one-year contract with the team in March, but it appears the 49ers have decided to go in a different direction.

March 1, 2017 08:32 PM
49ers' Mike Purcell: Will remain in San Francisco for 2017 season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell, an exclusive rights free agent, was tendered to a one-year contract by the 49ers.

Purcell appeared in 15 games for the 49ers last season, starting five of them, and tallied 26 total tackles and one forced fumble. He'll likely have to settle for a rotational role once again in 2017 given the team's recent acquisition of Earl Mitchell.

September 24, 2016 02:20 PM
49ers' Mike Purcell: Ready to play in Week 3
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell (ankle) was removed from the 49ers' injury report after practicing in full on Friday.

Purcell was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, but his status for Sunday's matchup against the Seahawks never seemed to be in question.

September 7, 2016 07:54 PM
49ers' Mike Purcell: Starts at nose tackle Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell was listed as the starting nose tackle on the 49ers' unofficial depth chart that was released Tuesday.

Purcell got the surprising nod as a starter over upstart rookie DeForest Buckner. He won't provide a whole lot of value outside of a handful of tackles as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. Purcell figures to start until Glenn Dorsey (knee) is healthy enough to return or the aforementioned Buckner gets elevated into the starting lineup.

November 30, 2015 12:50 PM
49ers' Mike Purcell: Gets start, records first sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Purcell got a surprise start at defensive end in place of the injured Glenn Dorsey (knee), finishing the game with three tackles (two solo) and his first career sack in the loss to the Cardinals.

It was generally expected that rookie Arik Armstead would slide into the starting lineup once Dorsey was ruled out for the season, but Purcell - a natural nose tackle - was given the nod. He played well in his first career start at defensive end, so he may continue to see time down the stretch.

June 2, 2015 04:40 AM
49ers promote NT Mike Purcell Friday
by R.J. White |

The 49ers signed nose tackle Mike Purcell off the practice squad Friday, the team announced. He has been on the team's practice squad since the beginning of the 2013 season.

June 2, 2015 06:55 AM
49ers add seven to practice squad
by Larry Hartstein |

The 49ers signed seven players to their practice squad: offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, tight end Asante Cleveland, receiver Lance Lewis, defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye, nose tackle Mike Purcell and linebackers Shayne Skov and Chase Thomas.

June 2, 2015 06:55 AM
Niners make flurry of moves Saturday
by Igor Mello |

The 49ers made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

Among those moves was the placement of cornerback Kenneth Acker and fullback Will Tukuafu on the injured reserve list.

San Francisco cut the following players: T Carter Bykowski, TE Asante Cleveland, WR Lance Lewis, LS Kevin McDermott, CB Darryl Morris, G Al Netter, DL Lawrence Okoye, WR Kassim Osgood, T Michael Philipp, NT Mike Purcell, G Ryan Seymour, LB Shayne Skov, RB Alfonso Smith, G Adam Snyder, S C.J. Spillman, LB Chase Thomas, S Raymond Ventrone, WR L'Damian Washington and RB Glenn Winston.

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