For the American rugby player with the same name, see Mike Purcell (rugby union).
Mike Purcell
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Purcell with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016
No. 98 – Denver Broncos
Position:Nose tackle
Personal information
Born: (1991-04-20) April 20, 1991 (age 29)
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:328 lb (149 kg)
Career information
High school:Highlands Ranch
(Highlands Ranch, Colorado)
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2013 2016)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-Mountain West (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:42
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Mike Purcell (born April 20, 1991) is an American football nose tackle for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Wyoming, and was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

College career[edit | edit source]

Purcell played 42 games (36 starts) at the University of Wyoming and totaled 197 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his four-year career. He earned first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior after recording 83 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.[1]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

San Francisco 49ers[edit | edit source]

Purcell was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent on May 7, 2013. He was signed to the team's practice squad on September 2, 2013. On January 22, 2014, Purcell signed a reserve/future contract with San Francisco, before being signed to the team's practice squad on August 31, 2014. On December 19, 2014, Purcell was promoted to the active roster after Ray McDonald's release on December 17, 2014.

In 2015, Purcell played in eight games (3 starts) with and recorded 15 tackles (11 solo) and one sack. In 2016, he played in a 15 games (5 starts) with and totaled 26 tackles (17 solo) and one forced fumble.

On February 27, 2017, Purcell signed a one-year tender with the 49ers.[2] On May 2, 2017, Purcell was released by the 49ers.[3]

Los Angeles Rams[edit | edit source]

On May 3, 2017, Purcell was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Rams.[4] He was released on September 2, 2017.[5]

Chicago Bears[edit | edit source]

On September 19, 2017, Purcell was signed to the Chicago Bears' practice squad.[6] He was released on October 6, 2017.[7]

Carolina Panthers[edit | edit source]

On October 10, 2017, Purcell was signed to the Carolina Panthers' practice squad. He was released on October 16, 2017.

New England Patriots[edit | edit source]

On October 25, 2017, Purcell was signed to the New England Patriots' practice squad, but was released the next day.[8][9] He was re-signed to the practice squad on November 7, 2017.[10] He was released on November 22, 2017.[11]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]

On November 28, 2017, Purcell was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad.[12] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs on January 10, 2018.[13] He was released on May 1, 2018.[14] He was re-signed by the Chiefs on July 27, 2018.[15] He was released again on September 1, 2018.[16]

Salt Lake Stallions[edit | edit source]

In 2019, Purcell joined the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football.[17]

Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]

On April 22, 2019, Purcell signed with the Denver Broncos.[18]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mike Purcell Wyoming Bio".
  2. "49ers Tender LB Carl Bradford and NT Mike Purcell". February 27, 2017.
  3. "49ers Announce Several Roster Moves". May 2, 2017.
  4. Alper, Josh (May 3, 2017). "Rams claim Mike Purcell off waivers from 49ers".
  5. Han, Jamie (September 2, 2017). "Rams Announce Roster Moves". Archived from the original on February 8, 2018.
  6. Mayer, Larry (September 19, 2017). "Roster Moves: Bears elevate Houston-Carson, waive Gentry".
  7. "Bears add OLB Howard Jones to practice squad". October 6, 2017.
  8. "Patriots sign LB Trevor Reilly to the 53-man roster; Place LB Harvey Langi on the non-football injury list; Sign DL Mike Purcell to the practice squad". October 25, 2017.
  9. "Patriots sign WR Jake Kumerow to the practice squad; Release DL Mike Purcell from the practice squad". October 26, 2017.
  10. "Patriots sign DL Ricky Jean Francois; Place LB Dont'a Hightower on Injured Reserve; Sign DL Mike Purcell to the Practice Squad". November 7, 2017.
  11. "Patriots Sign WR Bernard Reedy to the Practice Squad; Release DL Mike Purcell from the Practice Squad". November 22, 2017.
  12. "Chiefs promote TE Orson Charles to roster, sign DL to practice squad". November 28, 2017.
  13. "Chiefs sign all 10 practice squad players to reserve/futures deals". January 10, 2018.
  14. Alper, Josh (May 1, 2018). "Chiefs cut three players".
  15. "Chiefs sign DL Mike Purcell". USA Today. July 27, 2018.
  16. "Chiefs Roster Down to NFL-Mandated 53". September 1, 2018.
  17. Ramey, Devin (January 21, 2018). "What is the AAF? A new spring football league has Hall of Famers leading it and a few Idaho ties". KTVB. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  18. DiLalla, Aric (April 22, 2019). "Broncos sign DL Billy Winn, DL Mike Purcell, OL Jake Rodgers".

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