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Top Marcus Murphy News

  • Marcus Murphy: Cut by Carolina

    The Panthers cut Murphy on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Carolina has opted to part ways with Murphy in order to make room for a new wave of UDFAs on the 90-man roster. Murphy hasn't appeared in a game since 2018, when he compiled 276 scoreless yards on 63 touches across 11 contests with the Bills.

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  • Panthers' Marcus Murphy: Signs reserve/future contract

    Murphy signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on Monday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

    Murphy last appeared in game action in 2018, when he logged 63 touches for 276 yards without a score across 11 contests with Buffalo. The Panthers will now take an early look at Murphy as a depth option for the 2020 season.

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  • Marcus Murphy: Tries out with Houston

    Murphy worked out with the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Murphy joined Kenneth Dixon (knee) in the tryout, as the Texans may be seeking backfield depth behind Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson as they make a playoff push. The 27-year-old suited up for 11 games with the Bills last year, grinding out 276 scoreless yards on 63 touches.

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  • Marcus Murphy: Getting looks elsewhere

    Murphy logged a tryout with the Ravens on Monday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.

    The Bills surprisingly cut ties with Murphy ahead of the season opener, despite getting rid of veteran LeSean McCoy as well. Murphy is coming off his best season in terms of statistics in 2018, in which he carried the ball 52 times for 250 yards.

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  • Marcus Murphy: Misses out on roster spot

    The Bills cut Murphy on Saturday, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

    Buffalo's surprising decision to part ways with fellow running back LeSean McCoy wasn't enough to open up a roster berth for Murphy, who likely would have been in line mainly for a special-teams role had he secured a spot. Murphy could still catch on elsewhere as a depth back and return specialist after bringing back a punt 79 yards for a touchdown in Buffalo's preseason finale Thursday.

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  • Bills' Marcus Murphy: Delivers with big return

    Murphy ran for 27 yards on eight carries during Thursday's 27-23 win over Minnesota and added 10 yards on two catches. He added a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown.

    Murphy didn't have the day he was probably hoping for on offense, tallying 50 fewer yards than Tyree Jackson even though both finished with eight carries. He did make a big impression on special teams, however, with a momentum-shifting punt return that brought Buffalo within striking distance late. It might still have been too little, too late given Buffalo's depth at both running back and returner. He figures to be on the outside looking in despite Thursday's highlight.

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  • Bills' Marcus Murphy: Buried on depth chart

    Murphy (elbow) is part of a backfield that now includes LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon, Senorise Perry and rookie third-round pick Devin Singletary, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

    The Bills also added wide receiver Andre Roberts, who led the league in kick return yards (1,173) and ranked second in punt return yards (324) last season. Long story short, Murphy would face a difficult path to a roster spot even if he wasn't coming back from a season-ending elbow injury. He at least figures to be healthy before training camp.

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  • Bills' Marcus Murphy: Lands on injured reserve

    The Bills placed Murphy (elbow) on injured reserve Tuesday, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.

    Murphy was knocked out of Sunday's 14-13 win against the Lions with a dislocated elbow, an injury that coach Sean McDermott said he may be able to play with, according to Fairburn. That will not come to pass, though. With LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) also tending to health concerns, Keith Ford is left as the Bills' sole able-bodied back. Expect the team to be in the market for a free-agent signing at the position.

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  • Bills' Marcus Murphy: May play through elbow injury

    Coach Sean McDermott said Murphy may be able to play with a dislocated elbow, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.

    Murphy didn't play through the injury in Sunday's 14-13 win over the Lions, taking 11 carries for 35 yards before handing the backfield over to Keith Ford. The Bills are still in the process of figuring out if Murphy will be able to play Week 16 in New England, though it won't make much difference if LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) are available. McCoy and Ivory both missed Sunday's victory, allowing Murphy to operate as the lead back in the first half.

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  • Bills' Marcus Murphy: Dislocates elbow

    Murphy dislocated his elbow during Sunday's 14-13 win over the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Prior to being forced out of Sunday's game, Murphy logged 11 carries for 35 yards. Once he was hurt, the Bills were forced to turn their backfield duties over to Keith Ford (14 carries for 46 yards and one catch for seven yards), with LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) both inactive. With Murphy's Week 16 status now unclear, look for the Bills to add running back depth in short order.

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  • Bills' Marcus Murphy: Suffers arm injury

    Murphy was forced out of Sunday's game against the Lions with an arm injury, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

    With Murphy injured and both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) inactive, Keith Ford is the last man standing among the Bills' running backs Sunday.

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  • Bills' Marcus Murphy: Steps into larger role

    Murphy is listed as the projected starter in the Buffalo backfield Sunday against Detroit, as both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) are inactive for the contest.

    Murphy saw a season-best 40 offensive snaps Week 14 against the Jets, but ended up with just five touches for 18 total yards from scrimmage. He'll get another chance against Detroit -- a run defense that has been boosted by the midseason acquisition of "Snacks" Harrison, but is one of 12 teams allowing 20 or more average fantasy points per game to opposing running backs in standard formats on the year. Backing up Murphy in the Buffalo backfield will be Keith Ford, with Isaiah McKenzie representing a wild-card option to receive carries.

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  • Bills' Marcus Murphy: May act as lead back Sunday

    Murphy could serve as the Bills' top option out of the backfield Sunday against the Lions with both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) listed as questionable and both at risk of missing the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Citing a source, Schefter relays that McCoy isn't expected to play, while Ivory's fate won't be decided until he completes a pregame warmup. Meanwhile, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network -- also citing sources -- characterizes McCoy as more of a game-time decision, while Ivory isn't expected to play. Official word on the statuses of both hurting backs should come with the release of the Bills' inactive list at 11:30 a.m. EST, but Murphy would be next in line for work if both players are out and/or limited. In that scenario, Murphy could see enough touches to make for a decent speculative lineup option in deeper leagues or as a punt play in DFS tournaments, though the Bills' inclination to incorporate quarterback Josh Allen and speedy wideout Isaiah McKenzie in the run game would naturally lower Murphy's ceiling. Fellow back Keith Ford, who was promoted from the practice squad earlier this week, could also have a role on offense if McCoy and Ivory are unavailable.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-9, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Dallas, TX, USA
Age: 30
School: Missouri
Experience: 3