Trent Murphy will miss entire 2017 season with knee injury
- ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Washington Redskins outside linebacker Trent Murphy will miss the entire 2017 season after tearing both his ACL and MCL in the preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Murphy played just nine snaps in the first game of the preseason, and logged a tackle and a stop (a solo tackle that constitutes an offensive failure) before exiting the game.
- In 2016, Murphy emerged as a potential long-term partner for pass-rusher Ryan Kerrigan, and saw a career-high in sacks (10), total pressures (55) and ranked 10th of 57 qualifying outside linebackers with a pass-rush productivity (the PFF metric that measures pressure on a per snap basis with weighting towards sacks) of 11.8.
- Murphy’s absence will now intensify competition between rookie Ryan Anderson and eighth-year veteran Junior Galette. Anderson showed flashes on Thursday’s game, notching two tackles and twostops in run defense, and while Junior Galette is still waiting for his first game with the Redskins, reports from Richmond indicate he’s close to the 2014 form, where he led all 4-3 defensive ends with a pass-rush productivity of 12.2.