Redskins' Trent Murphy Suspended Four Games
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 06, 2017,
Mar 06, 2017, 5:11
NFL suspended OLB Trent Murphy four games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances. According to Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post, the suspension is for PEDs, though Murphy has appealed.
Murphy was drafted by Washington in the second round of the 2014 draft, and he is coming off of his best statistical season in 2016.
Murphy started eight games for Washington in his rookie season, racking up 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
But in 2016, Murphy submitted a nine-sack season. In his first two seasons, Murphy finished with a combined six sacks and the Redskins were intent on finding others for that position.
He spent last off-season bulking up for a position switch to defensive end, but then reversed course back to linebacker following Junior Galette's season-ending Achilles injury before training camp.
It forced Murphy to cut the weight he had gained in anticipation of playing defensive end, but he was still able to produce his most productive season in the National Football League under then-position coach Greg Manusky, who was promoted to defensive coordinator this offseason. Murphy gained almost 30 pounds as part of the adjustment to his new role during offseason practices.
The Washington Redskins might not have one of their top pass rushers to start next season. "But he's going to give us a big boost if he can play".