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Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy reportedly is facing PED suspension

Oct 12, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Washington Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy (93) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 12, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Washington Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy (93) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins might not have one of their top pass rushers to start next season. Linebacker Trent Murphy tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and is facing a four-game suspension, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

According to the report, Murphy is appealing the suspension. The 26-year-old linebacker, who has increased his sack totals each of his first three years in the league, had a breakout season in 2016, finishing second on the Redskins with nine sacks.

Prior to last season, Murphy had somewhat underachieved. The former second-round pick out of Stanford had six sacks in 31 games before 2016, when he combined with Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith to form an imposing pass-rushing trio.

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