Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Redskins' Trent Murphy out for season with torn ACL

Redskins' Trent Murphy out for season with torn ACL

The team signed free agent wide receiver Jamari Staples and placed LB Trent Murphy on their Reserve/Injured list.

Coming off of a nine sack breakout year in 2016, Murphy would have been suspended the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs had he not been injured.

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He suffered the season-ending injury in the first quarter of Washington's 23-3 loss to Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium. The play's path came in Murphy's direction on the left side of the defense, and two of his teammates rushing to make the tackle ended up plowing into the back of Murphy's left leg. He didn't talk to reporters after the game, but Murphy left the visitors' locker room on crutches with his left knee heavily wrapped.

The Redskins will be without a top linebacker for the 2017 season.

. Washington's outside linebacker corps is now thin, at least currently.

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Rookie Ryan Anderson, Lynden Trail and Chris Carter will each see extended playing time in the absence of veterans.

Now, he'll be out for the full season. Smith started all 16 games last season and has 12.5 career sacks in two years. He figures to factor into the pass-rushing equation more prominently after this unfortunate development.

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