Murphy, who struggled at times in his first season as a Bill while still recovering from ACL surgery, finally feels he's at full health, Jason Wolf of The Buffalo News reports.
Murphy played in 13 games for the Bills last season, but he didn't look nearly as explosive as he did in 2016, when he logged 9.0 sacks for Washington. He posted a career-low 24 tackles in 2018 and logged only 4.0 sacks following a blank 2017 caused by the preseason knee injury. We'd expect much more this season, though with the Bills preferring a rotation system between Murphy, Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson -- all of whom are capable of pressuring the passer -- Murphy's snap count gets mollified compared to top defensive ends, even though he's technically a starter. But certainly, a healthy Murphy makes a strong Buffalo defense that much better.
Now that the fifth day of free agency has passed, Murphy will receive $2.5M of his salary and a roster bonus, which indicates the Bills will hang on to him, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
It was reported that the Bills showed interest in Trey Flowers and Ziggy Ansah last week, which resulted in speculation regarding Murphy's role with the team going forward. However, it appears the Bills plan on sticking with him as their starting defensive end opposite Jerry Hughes heading into training camp. The 28-year-old compiled four sacks and two forced fumbles in 13 games last season, and will probably be part of a rotation with Shaq Lawson again in 2019.
Murphy dealt with injuries for much of his first season with the Bills, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports. "I needed an extra roll of duct tape this year," said the defensive end.
When they signed Murphy to a major free-agent contract, the Bills knew Murphy would take time to get up to speed coming off major reconstructive surgery on his left knee. Not only did it take him awhile to get his footing back, but he dealt with ankle and groin injuries for parts of the 2018 season, plus an injury to his right knee. All told, Murphy ended up missing three games, more than he missed in his first three seasons combined with Washington (he missed all of 2017 with the knee injury). He also posted his lowest NFL tackle total (24), while his 4.0 sacks were a far cry from the 9.0 he posted in 2016. Expect more from the talented pass rusher if he can get himself healthy entering next season, though if the Bills keep both Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson, Murphy will probably be looking at less than a full starter's load.
Murphy (chest) was a full participant in practice Thursday.
Murphy was limited due to his chest injury Wednesday but the issue appears to have been minor. He'll figure to see his usual role on defense in Week 16, when the Bills face off against the Patriots.
Murphy was limited during Wednesday's practice due to a chest injury.
Something always seems to be nagging Murphy, which is perhaps a reason Shaq Lawson has caught him on the depth chart and the two are now sharing snaps across from Jerry Hughes. Murphy has performed decently while he's out there, but his 4.0 sacks and 21 tackles are a pretty big disappointment given the $7.2 per annum to which the Bills signed him.
Murphy had two tackles on 26 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Jets.
At least Murphy is healthy again after missing three weeks with a knee injury, but he's sharing defensive end snaps with an improved Shaq Lawson while Jerry Hughes sees the majority of playing time on the other side. Murphy is not IDP worthy under these circumstances, and he's been a bit of a disappointment with a modest 19 tackles and 4.0 sacks after signing for big free-agent money. We'll see if he can do more as he gets healthier the final three weeks, though the team seems intent on continuing to carefully manage his snap count.
Murphy recorded two tackles (both solo), including a sack, in Sunday's loss to Miami.
Murphy's sack was his fourth of the season, and his first since the knee injury he suffered in Week 7. He's a quality pass rusher when healthy and he'll look to add to the total in Week 14, when the Bills take on the Jets. It's at least worth noting that Murphy only saw 20 defensive snaps, while Shaq Lawson, the teammate he's been sharing time with, saw 37.
Murphy (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Jaguars.
Both Murphy and fellow edge rusher Shaq Lawson (elbow) are active for the Week 12 matchup, leaving the Buffalo front seven at full strength heading into the showdown against Jacksonville.
Murphy (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Murphy has been a limited practice participant all week due to the shoulder injury that has cost him the last three games. The 27-year-old believes he'll be ready to play, and fellow defensive end Shaq Lawson (elbow) also appears to be trending in the right direction.
Murphy (knee) practiced on a limited basis for the third straight day Wednesday and is feeling optimistic about a return to action Sunday against Jacksonville, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "I'm good to go," said Murphy. "I'm taking it one day at a time, but they ain't keeping me out of this one."
Murphy has missed three games with the issue, but it appears he's healed and ready to line up in his starting defensive end spot again against the Jags. Shaq Lawson has performed well seeing extra snaps in Murphy's place, but Lawson is working through an elbow injury this week. If that issue turns out to be minor, the Bills could be fully stocked along the defensive line in what's likely to be a defensive battle with Jacksonville.
Murphy (knee) practiced on a limited basis Monday, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
Murphy hadn't practiced since getting hurt in Week 7, so this is a step in the right direction even though the Bills won't have their first official Week 12 practice until Wednesday. Shaq Lawson has played great in Murphy's stead, so the latter could be looking at a reduced snap count even if he does return for this week's game against the Jaguars.
Murphy (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
The news isn't overly surprising as earlier this week coach Sean McDermott considered Murphy to be in his "week-to-week" group of players. The 27-year-old will miss his third straight game and will now have the bye next week to aid in his recovery for a potential Week 12 return. Shaq Lawson should once again see the starter's share of the snaps at defensive end for the Bills.
Murphy (knee) was listed as a non-participant at Thursday's practice.
Murphy remains in coach Sean McDermott's "week-to-week" group of players. Given that we haven't heard any significant developments in his recovery, we'll have to assume he's heading toward another DNP on Sunday against the Jets. The Bills also have a bye in Week 11, so Week 12 seems like a more realistic scenario for when we'll be talking about his game availability. Unless Murphy can surprise us and practice on some level Friday, Shaq Lawson stands to handle a starter's snap count for a third straight week.
Murphy (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Murphy will miss his second straight game due to a lingering knee injury. Shaq Lawson will likely start at defensive end in Murphy's stead and attempt to slow down quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago offense.
Murphy (knee) missed a second consecutive practice Thursday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Things aren't looking good for the veteran's chances of suiting up this week against Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears, but we'll see if Murphy is able to work in some capacity in Friday's final practice.
Murphy (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.
Murphy missed Monday's loss to the Patriots and has been labeled "week to week" by the team, so he'll be a question mark for the Week 9 game against the Bears. If Murphy can't get back in action Sunday, Jerry Hughes, Shaq Lawson and Lorenzo Alexander would continue to pick up more snaps on obvious passing downs.
Murphy (knee) will not play Monday night against the Patriots, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
Murphy was considered week-to-week after injuring his knee against the Colts last week. The Stanford product was unable to practice Thursday or Friday in any capacity. In Murphy's absence, fellow defensive end Shaq Lawson could see an increase in work.
Murphy (knee) missed practice for the second straight day Friday, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
The Bills don't play until Monday, so the pass-rushing end will have one more shot to practice Saturday and become an option for the contest against the Patriots. However, given that coach Sean McDermott previously called Murphy "week-to-week" and that he's not on the field in any capacity yet, the odds of him playing are starting to look grim.
Murphy, who suffered a knee injury during the Bills' loss to the Colts on Sunday, is not participating in Thursday's practice, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
The Bills are heavy underdogs against the Patriots for this week's Monday Night Football contest, and one of the few ways they stand a chance at the upset is to pressure Tom Brady all night. That quest becomes much more challenging if Murphy -- one of the team's best pass rushers -- can't go. Shaq Lawson will be asked to do more if Murphy's knee keeps him off the field.
Murphy is week-to-week with a knee injury, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Murphy exited Sunday's loss to the Colts due to a knee injury and did not return to the field. Details of the defensive end's injury remain undisclosed, but Murphy appears unlikely to suit up for Monday's game against the Patriots.
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