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Murphy Officially Suspended, Leaving Redskins with a Huge Problem.

April 14, 2017
The Redskins have officially suffered another blow on Friday afternoon, as Trent Murphy has lost his appeal and will be suspended for the first four games of the 2017 NFL season.

In a statement released by the organization, by an NFL Spokesman: “Trent Murphy of the Washington Redskins has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Murphy is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.”

The Murphy suspension was first reported in March, a disastrous month for the Redskins but became official once the league announced it.

In conjunction with Junior Galette’s recent arrest and possible disciplinary action (another suspension?), the Redskins are in desperate need of pass rushing help off the edge.

They were already in search of help long before the Murphy suspension and the Galette arrest.

As everyone is fully aware, Galette has not played in a single NFL game (including preseason), since before he was cut by the Saints after the 2014 season.

Murphy had a career-high nine sacks last year in a breakout campaign, but was asked over last offseason to bulk up to play defensive line and then asked to cut a bunch of weight to get quicker, after another before it even began, season-ending injury.

Washington is entertaining several defensive prospects this week as the draft draws closer, but many are not pure edge defenders.

Taco Charlton from Michigan had a recent private visit and he fits the mold as does a tall, developmental prospect from Villanova, Tanoh Kpassagnon.

Malik McDowell from Michigan State is versatile, but along the defensive line.

Obi Melifonwu from UCONN is a rangy safety prospect that has a load of athleticism.

On offense, the Redskins have visited with Florida State’s Dalvin Cook and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey among others like Kofi Amichia, a guard from South Florida. 

Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Sports Network ( & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN