The NFL announced Friday that Redskins OLB Trent Murphy has officially been suspended the first four games of 2017 for violating NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Reports surfaced a month ago that Murphy was facing a four-game suspension, but he was in the process of appealing the ban. However, it looks like Murphy’s appeal was denied.
Murphy, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Redskins back in 2014. He’s entering the final year of his four-year, $4.472 million contract that includes $2.616 million guaranteed and is set to make a base salary of $1.03 million for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Murphy appeared in all 16 games for the Redskins and recorded 47 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 23 edge defender out of 109 qualifying players.