Murphy would miss the opening four games of the 2017 season after reportedly failing a PED test.
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Trent Murphy has been suspended four games for a performance enhancing violation, according to a report.
Murphy, 26, had nine sacks and 47 tackles during his breakout 2016 campaign. Washington's second-round pick registered six sacks combined during his first two seasons. The suspension would keep Murphy for the opening four games of his fourth NFL season.
He spent last off-season bulking up for a position switch to defensive end, but then reversed course back to linebacker following Junior Galette's season-ending Achilles injury before training camp. That change let to a 20-25 pound weight loss.
Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith return next season at outside linebacker. Galette recently signed a 1-year contract to stay with Washington.
The Washington Post first reported the suspension.
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