Murphy (knee) was limited during OTA sessions this week, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
Murphy missed the entire 2017 season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee in August, so this isn't a surprise. The free-agent signee is expected to boost the Bills' pass rush in 2018, an area that became an eyesore in 2017 amid some otherwise good things on an improved defense. The team is big on rotating defenders, so the plan seems to be to use a combination of Murphy, Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson as the main outside pass rushers. Murphy did log nine sacks on top of 47 tackles in 16 games with Washington in 2016, though those type of numbers might be tough to reproduce given that he's likely to sit in certain packages, in addition to the fact he's coming off a major injury.
Murphy (knee) agreed Wednesday with the Bills on a three-year, $21 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The defensive end missed the 2017 season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee in August, but the timing of his injury suggests that he'll be at full strength in advance of the coming campaign. The addition of Murphy bolsters a Buffalo pass rush that could stand to pressure opposing quarterbacks more than it did a season ago. That's something the 27-year-old is capable of assisting with, given that he logged nine sacks on top of 47 tackles in 16 games with Washington in 2016.
Murphy tore his ACL during Thursday's preseason opener against the Ravens. The 2014 second-rounder is set to hit free agency when the 2017 season comes to a close, so it's a shame he wasn't able to prove his worth in a contract year.
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