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Trent Murphy Out For The Season With Torn ACL And MCL

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Trent Murphy Suffers Torn ACL And MCL

In the preseason, NFL head coaches fear injury. The Washington Redskins will be without linebacker and pass-rusher Trent Murphy for the entire 2017-2018 regular season due to tears in his MCL and ACL. This occurred in the first quarter of the Redskins first preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. On what was a simple play, Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro incidentally rolled up on Trent Murphy’s leg. As a result, the trainers helped him off the field.

Also, it is important to note that Trent Murphy was slated to miss four games during the regular season due to suspension for PED use in April. Last year was the best year that Murphy has had as a member of the Washington Redskins. He recorded a career high nine sacks, which is impressive for someone who wasn’t a starter. In addition, he would also force three fumbles and earned 29 total tackles.

Going Forward

Trent Murphy’s production will be missed. The good news is that Washington has an improved front seven and good depth on defense. They used the draft to acquire Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson. They both look to make an impact early on in their careers.

In addition, Washington will need to rely heavily on Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, and Junior Galette to rush the passer due to Murphy’s injury.

Preston Smith is coming off a season where he had 4.5 sacks and 22 tackles and is improving. Junior Galette has shown in the past that he is a very dangerous pass rusher. In 2013, he recorded 12 sacks and in 2014, he recorded 10 sacks.  Also, he has yet to play a single game for the Redskins. Preseason injuries ended his 2015 and 2016 seasons. If Galette is able to make it through this preseason, he will be effective for Washington going forward.

The best pass rusher for Washington is Ryan Kerrigan. Fans can also count on him each and every Sunday to pressure the quarterback.

Trent Murphy was one of Washington’s key players going into the season. Knee injuries in the NFL are all too common now and fans hope that there can be a way to reduce them.

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