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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