Trent Murphy Reportedly out for Season with Torn ACL

Trent Murphy Reportedly out for Season with Torn ACL

Trent Murphy Reportedly out for Season with Torn ACL

Per a report by National Football League insider Ian Rapoport, Murphy tore his ACL in Thursday's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. He was attended to trainers before leaving the field.

Already popped with a four-game ban for the use of performance-enhancing substances, Murphy tore his an ACL during Washington's first preseason game on Thursday, Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL.com report. It will not carry over to 2018 when Murphy is healthy. The 26-year-old recorded a career-high nine sacks in 2016, trailing only Ryan Kerrigan's 11 among Washington defenders. He finished as Pro Football Focus' seventh-most productive pass rusher among 3-4 outside linebackers.

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From a big-picture standpoint, however, this is only bad news for a defense that already was a bit thin up front even before Murphy was lost for the season. Murphy packed on 30 pounds to make the switch, but when Junior Galette was lost to an injury, Murphy was switched back to outside linebacker. Murphy, who started 23 games in his first two years, played in all 16 games as a reserve last year.

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