Murphy was impressive during the team's off-season minicamps. He entered training camp with a very good chance of unseating Antonio Chatman as the team's No. 4 wide receiver and return specialist. But Murphy sustained a hip flexor injury during the first week of practice. He did not participate in any of the scrimmages against the Buffalo Bills and sat out of Green Bay's first preseason game against San Diego last Thursday.
Murphy, taken by the Packers in the second round of the NFL draft this year, will miss Green Bay's exhibition against Buffalo this Saturday and probably Green Bay's Aug. 26 exhibition against New England at Lambeau Field.
With Murphy sidelined, the Packers likely will take closer looks at rookie sixth-round pick Craig Bragg and free agent Andrae Thurman against the Bills. Thurman, who played in Green Bay's final two regular season games last year and the playoff game against Minnesota, has performed well in practice after breaking his left thumb early in camp.
Back in action
Defensive end Kenny Peterson and offensive tackle Brad Bedell returned to practice on Wednesday. Peterson has been out for more than a week with a hyper-extended right elbow. Bedell pulled his right hamstring during practice on Aug. 3.
Running back Ahman Green did not practice today because of a cold and sickness, according to Sherman. He is expected to return to practice on Thursday.
Other players who did not practice today because of injuries included: defensive backs Joey Thomas (hip), Mark Roman (hamstring), and Al Harris (thigh bruise); defensive linemen Grady Jackson (knee), Cletidus Hunt (knee), and Corey Williams (ribs, back), and fullback Vonta Leach (knee).
Center Mike Flanagan was pulled from the team's 11-on-11 scrimmage near the end of the morning practice because of soreness in his shin.