The Cardinals activated Murphy from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports.
Murphy tested positive for COVID-19 last Monday, but he's now been cleared to resume practicing with teammates. As such, the second-year cornerback can be considered on track for Sunday's game against the Bills, just in time to provide Arizona's secondary with reinforcements in a key matchup.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that he's "hopeful" Murphy will clear the league's COVID-19 protocols and return to practice this week, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Murphy revealed his positive COVID-19 test exactly one week ago, so he could return to practice Wednesday or Thursday, depending on when the test took place. It sounds like his recovery has gone well, and if that holds true, the second-year cornerback should return to a starting cornerback role with the Bills coming to town Sunday.
Murphy (illness) won't play Sunday against Miami, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Murphy confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, so his absence Sunday will come as no surprise. The 2019 second-round pick will be eligible to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list once he's asymptomatic and 10 days have passed since his last positive test, so he could still come back in time to face Buffalo in Week 10 if everything goes right.
Murphy has tested positive for COVID-19, as reported on his personal Twitter account.
A confirmation test will surely be issued in the near future to verify Murphy's status, but this update means there is a high probability of him being forced to sit Week 9 against Miami. Per NFL regulations, if Murphy becomes asymptomatic he can return once 10 days have passed since the initial positive test. Alternatively, should Murphy become asymptomatic and post two consecutive negative PCR virus test at least 24 hours apart, he could return as soon as five days from the initial positive result.
Murphy was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Linebacker Devon Kennard was one of the positive results reported by the Cardinals this weekend, but it remains unclear if Murphy also tested positive or if he was in close contact with an infected individual. Given that uncertainly, it's unclear when Murphy is expected to rejoin the team. If he can't play Week 9, De'Vante Bausby should have an increased role in the secondary.
Murphy compiled 78 tackles (66 solo), 10 pass defenses and one interception in 16 games during his rookie campaign.
A 2019 second-round pick, Murphy put up a healthy tackle total but mostly struggled in his first year as a pro. Specifically, he gave up a league-worst nine touchdown passes in coverage, which helped contribute to the Cardinals giving up the second most (38) in the NFL. Murphy thus received an unsightly 48.8 grade from Pro Football Focus. Because he ranked second on the team in defensive snap share (97.6 percent), he seemingly will be afforded every opportunity to prove Arizona's investment in him.
Murphy had three solo tackles during Sunday's 38-24 victory versus the Browns.
Murphy played a season-low 75 percent of the offensive snaps Week 14 against the Steelers, the result of a calf injury. He put the issue behind him last Thursday and Friday with full practice sessions and backed it up by missing just one of 70 defensive snaps this past Sunday. Murphy's tackle total marked his second fewest of the season, so he'll look to get back on track Week 16 in Seattle.
Murphy (calf) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Murphy was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a calf injury, but he now looks back to full health. Barring any setbacks, the rookie second-round pick appears set to handle his usual workload consisting of 95-plus percent of defensive snaps against the Browns on Sunday.
Murphy (calf) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.
Murphy played through the calf injury after originally being considered questionable for this past Sunday's loss to the Steelers, though he was limited to a 75 percent share of the Cardinals' defensive snaps. Murphy hasn't missed a single game throughout his rookie campaign, but Kevin Peterson (shoulder) could be in line for additional work if the former were to stick to the sideline in Week 15.
Murphy (calf) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Steelers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
After being limited in practice Friday, Murphy is ready to rock. The rookie second-rounder will serve as the team's No. 2 cornerback against Devlin Hodges and look to build on the 62 tackles and eight pass breakups he's accrued through 12 games.
Murphy (calf) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Steelers, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Murphy was limited in Friday's practice due to a calf injury. The rookie second-round pick has played at least 95 percent of snaps on defense in all 12 contests this season, and there's not yet any reason to believe his role is in danger of changing Week 14. Still, a final decision on his availability for Sunday's contest against Pittsburgh will be worth monitoring.
Murphy notched five solo tackles and one interception during Sunday's 30-27 defeat in Tampa Bay.
A 2019 second-round pick, Murphy has logged 99 percent of the Cardinals' defensive snaps through 10 games, accumulating the fourth-most tackles (52) among all rookie IDPs. He supplemented his line Sunday with his first career interception. With veteran cornerbacks Patrick Peterson (calf) and Tramaine Brock (hamstring) banged up at the moment, Murphy will continue to get plenty of chances to contribute to the box score.
Murphy started at cornerback during Sunday's 27-21 road victory versus the Giants, compiling five solo tackles in the process.
In the Cardinals' first contest with Patrick Peterson available following a six-game suspension, Murphy matched the veteran by playing all 71 defensive snaps. Meanwhile, Tramaine Brock reverted to a reserve role but still logged 90 percent (64) of those plays. After Sunday's outing, the 2019 second-rounder ranks first among Cardinals corners and in a tie for second in the entire league at his position with 39 tackles.
Murphy recorded nine tackles (eight solo) and a pass breakup in Sunday's 26-23 win over the Bengals.
This was Murphy's highest tackle count of the season. Of course, this means Murphy is allowing a lot of passes to get completed on his watch, but he provides a decent IDP floor against pass-heavy offenses.
Murphy had five solo tackles and a pass defensed during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Seahawks.
Murphy has backed up his standing as a 2019 second-round pick, playing all but four of the Cardinals' defensive snaps through four games. And his stat line isn't too shabby for a cornerback, either: 19 tackles (16 solo) and three passes defended. Because he ranks first in usage among the team's cornerbacks during Patrick Peterson's suspension, Murphy seems like a good bet to remain a starter once the All-Pro is eligible to return Week 7 against the Giants.
Murphy (foot) returned to practice Saturday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Murphy was spotted on the sidelines with a walking boot on his right foot during Thursday's preseason victory versus the Chargers. Previously unreported, the 2019 second-rounder had picked up a soft-tissue injury in the region and was held out as a precaution. Murphy will do himself a disservice if he misses any more exhibition action, as he's the likely candidate to fill in for Patrick Peterson during the veteran's six-game suspension to kick off the campaign.
Murphy was seen with a walking boot on his right foot while standing on the sidelines during Thursday's preaseason game against the Chargers, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Murphy apparently suffered the injury during Monday's practice and has been unable to suit up since. This is tough news for both Murphy and the team, considering the 2019 second-round pick is a top candidate to start at cornerback while Patrick Patterson serves his six-game suspension to start the season. It's likely that the team will update Murphy's status in the near future.
The Cardinals selected Murphy in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 33rd overall.
The first pick of the second round, Murphy heads to Arizona after a productive career at Washington highlighted by 27 passes defensed and seven interceptions. Murphy is not a standout athlete -- he ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash and had middling jumps at the combine. His frame is also one that leads to questions about him holding up outside (5-10 3/4, 190), but he's sticky in coverage and has great coverage instincts. If Patrick Peterson remains in Arizona, the Cardinals will now have a formidable cornerback group.
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