According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, Washington Redskins LB Trent Murphy will miss the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL and MCL.
Murphy was hurt in the first half of the Redskins loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Murphy twisted his left knee awkwardly and was rolled up on during the first quarter of Thursday’s game. He was attended to trainers before leaving the field.
The Redskins had initially labeled the injury as a sprained knee, but he left the locker room with his leg heavily wrapped and on crutches, according to 247 Sports. He was unable to put any weight on his leg as he made his way to the team bus, and today’s MRI revealed the full extent of his injuries.
Murphy was originally slated to miss the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on banned substances. Murphy’s suspension was originally reported back in March, but didn’t become official until after he appealed the suspension in early April. He will still be able to serve his suspension this season. It will not carry over to 2018 when Murphy is healthy.
Murphy is coming off his best season as a professional, collecting a career-high nine sacks in 2016. He finished as Pro Football Focus’ seventh-most productive pass rusher among 3-4 outside linebackers. He registered 55 total pressures on 372 pass-rushing snaps. Only Ryan Kerrigan finished 2016 with more sacks on the team.
The Redskins had originally wanted Murphy to make the switch from linebacker to defensive end to start last 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.
Prior to this season, Murphy has only missed one game in his career due to injury. He was a second-round pick out of Stanford and recorded a combined six sacks in his first two seasons.