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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Continues to produce in Minnesota

    Murphy recorded 57 total tackles, 13 pass deflections, including three interceptions, and one forced fumble in 14 games with the Vikings during the 2023 regular season. Murphy was held out of the Vikings' last three games of the year due to a knee issue, but he was easily the team's most productive corner when healthy. In his first season of a two-year, $17.5 million deal that he signed with Minnesota this past offseason, the 26-year-old led the team in both pass deflections and interceptions. Murphy has struggled to stay on the field as of late though, missing 11 games over the past two seasons. Expect the Washington product to continue playing at a high level for the Vikings' defense in a contract-year in 2024.
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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Still absent from practice Thursday

    Murphy (knee) did not participate at practice Thursday. With just one practice left before the Vikings' game in Week 18, Murphy still hasn't been able to get back onto the practice field during the week. If he can't manage to participate Friday, he'll probably end up being sidelined Sunday.
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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Missing Week 17

    Murphy (knee) has been ruled out ahead of Sunday night's game against the Packers, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. The 25-year-old cornerback was held out of practice all week after missing the Vikings' Week 16 loss to the Lions, so it's no surprise that he won't play in his second consecutive game Sunday night. With Murphy missing Week 17, expect both Andrew Booth and NaJee Thompson to see increased work in Minnesota's secondary.
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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Begins week as DNP in walk-through

    Murphy (knee) was listed as a nonparticipant in Wednesday's practice walk-through. Murphy missed Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Lions, marking his first absence of the season. Though Wednesday's DNP designation is an estimation, it casts uncertainty about the cornerback's ability to return to face Green Bay on Sunday. If Murphy needs to sit out again, Mekhi Blackmon (shoulder) and/or Andrew Booth would be in line for an uptick in defensive snaps.
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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Nursing hamstring injury

    Murphy was estimated as a nonparticipant in Wednesday's practice walk-through due to a hamstring injury. Murphy missed just one defensive snap during Saturday's loss to the Bengals, so it's uncertain when the hamstring injury popped up or how severe it is. Minnesota held a walk-through Wednesday, thus it should be noted that Murphy's DNP is an estimation. The cornerback has played a near every-down role and hasn't missed a game for the Vikings this season, so it would be a significant blow to the team's defensive game plan if he's unable to suit up against the Lions on Sunday.
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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Gets another interception Sunday

    Murphy recorded three tackles (three solo) and an interception in Sunday's 27-19 win versus the Saints. Murphy's interception came on a deep pass over the middle with less than two minutes remaining, sealing the game in favor of Minnesota. It was his second pick in as many weeks and his third of the season. He might not see quite as many reps in pass defense in Week 11 at Denver.
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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Picks off pass Sunday

    Murphy recorded three tackles (all solo) and an interception in a 31-28 Week 9 win over Atlanta on Sunday. With the score tied at 21, Murphy picked off Taylor Heinicke near the end of the third quarter to help set up a Minnesota go-ahead field goal. It was Murphy's second interception of the campaign, both of which have come over his past four contests. The veteran cornerback is tied for sixth in the NFL with nine pass defenses on the season.
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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Good to go Sunday

    Murphy (hip) does not carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game at the Panthers. As Minnesota hoped, Murphy will not have to miss any additional time as he recovers from the hip injury he sustained in Week 3 versus the Chargers. He recorded 10 tackles in that game, and should again see a heavy workload in Week 4.
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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Gets back on field

    Murphy (hip) was a limited participant during practice Thursday. Murphy is making progress by getting back on the field after missing the team's practice Wednesday. Head coach Kevin O'Connell stated Wednesday that the hope was Murphy would progress throughout the week and be ready to play Sunday against the Panthers, which he appears on track for. Friday's final injury report of the week should shed more light on what direction Murphy is trending in.
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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Still dealing with injury

    Murphy (hip) did not practice Wednesday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Murphy suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the Chargers, but he was able to return and finish out the game. Head coach Kevin O'Connell stated that the hope is he'll progress to being ready to play against the Panthers in Week 4. If Murphy is unable to play, rookie Mekhi Blackmon could be pushed into a more significant role.
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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Posts 10 tackles in Week 3

    Murphy recorded 10 tackles (nine solo) and two passes defensed in Sunday's 28-24 loss versus the Chargers. Murphy left the contest temporarily after awkwardly colliding with Gerald Everett, but he was able to place second on his squad in tackles anyway. He'll see plenty more work in Week 4, when Minnesota travels to face a pass-dependent Panthers offense.
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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Makes return

    Murphy (hip) has returned to Sunday's game against the Chargers, Lindsey Young of the Vikings' official site reports. Murphy suffered the injury after a collision with Gerald Everett. The cornerback then made a visit to the blue tent on the sidelines but ultimately gained clearance to return to the game.
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  • Vikings' Byron Murphy: Leaves with hip injury

    Murphy (hip) is questionable to come back into Sunday's game against the Chargers, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The cornerback collided with Chargers' tight end Gerald Everett and then entered the blue tent on the sideline, per Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. Murphy started Minnesota's first two games and recorded one pass defended and seven tackles.
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  • Cardinals' Byron Murphy: Joining Minnesota

    Murphy (back) agreed Tuesday with the Vikings on a two-year, $22 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Murphy was selected by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft and has spent the the last four seasons there. During that span, he accumulated 223 tackles (178 solo), three sacks, 34 passes defensed and five interceptions. He will now look for a fresh start in Minnesota as one of its starting cornerbacks.
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  • Cardinals' Byron Murphy: Going to injured reserve

    The Cardinals placed Murphy (back) on injured reserve Saturday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. Sidelined since Week 10 with a lingering back issue, Murphy now will miss the rest of the campaign with the Cards out of the playoff picture. The 2019 second-round pick thus will finish his fourth season as a pro with 36 tackles, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a TD) and a half sack in nine appearances. Murphy will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so it remains to be seen where he'll be suiting up next fall.
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  • Cardinals' Byron Murphy: Ruled out for Monday

    Murphy (back) has been ruled out for Monday's matchup against the 49ers, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Murphy is slated to miss a second straight game due to a back injury. In his absence, Antonio Hamilton drew the start opposite Marco Wilson, while Trayvon Mullen operated as the slot cornerback.
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  • Cardinals' Byron Murphy: Doesn't practice Thursday

    Murphy (back) was listed as a non-participant on the Cardinals' injury report Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. Murphy has been dealing with a lingering back injury since late October, which kept him sidelined for the first time this season during Sunday's win over the Rams. According to Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com, the cornerback would not give a definitive statement on his status for the Cardinals' Week 11 game versus the 49ers, though he did say that the extra day to prepare ahead of Monday Night Football will definitely play a factor in his availability. Murphy is also still receiving treatment for this back issue, and he'll have two more practices to increase his activity before Saturday's final injury report.
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  • Cardinals' Byron Murphy: Questionable against Rams

    Murphy (back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Murphy didn't practice this week due to his back injury, but he'll still be in the mix to play during Sunday's Week 10 matchup. If he's unavailable, Trayvon Mullen and Antonio Hamilton should see increased playing time.
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  • Cardinals' Byron Murphy: Fourth INT of season

    Murphy recorded six tackles (four solo) along with half a sack and an interception in Sunday's 33-22 win over the Bears on Sunday. Murphy picked off his fourth pass of the season and is now tied for seventh in NFL in interceptions. The young corner was one of four Arizona defenders to pick off Andy Dalton as he solidified the win with a fourth-quarter interception. Murphy and the rest of the Arizona defense gets a much tougher matchup next Monday night against the Rams.
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  • Cardinals' Byron Murphy: Picks up foot injury

    Murphy is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears due to a foot injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. It's apparently a fresh injury, as Murphy was absent from the injury report until working as a limited participant Friday. The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but the recency of the issue puts his availability in question for Sunday's contest.
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