Trent Murphy, whose nine sacks were the Washington Redskins second-highest total last season, has been suspended for the first four games of 2017 after violating the NFLs PED policy, the league announced Friday.
The violation was initially reported more than a month ago, but Murphy reportedly had been appealing.
#Redskins OLB Trent Murphy is facing a 4-game suspension to start the 2017 season for PEDs, per sources. Murphy has appealed.
— Master Tesfatsion (@MasterTes) March 5, 2017
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Murphy, 26, is coming off his best season since the team made him a 2014 second-round pick. He had 2.5 sacks as a rookie and 3.5 in 2015 before racking up nine last year. He reportedly gained about 30 pounds last offseason in an effort to convert from linebacker to defensive end, but the Redskins ultimately kepthim at linebacker.