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Redskins LB Trent Murphy reportedly facing PED suspension

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Redskins outside linebacker Trent Murphy will appeal a four-game suspension for PED use to start the 2017 season, per a report in The Washington Post

The news broke Sunday afternoon and comes on the heels of Murphy's best-ever season in the NFL. 

Selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, Murphy stumbled out of the gates in his first two seasons with the Redskins before finding a new level of consistency and performance in 2016. 

In his first two seasons with Washington, Murphy registered a combined six sacks. In 2016, Murphy logged 9 sacks, and possibly might have gotten to double digits before injuries mounted up late in the year. 

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The Redskins were not immediately available for comment. 

Murphy's possible suspension in 2017 comes after a four-game suspension for left tackle Trent Williams in 2016. 

The 'Skins were working to move Murphy from outside linebacker to defensive end during the 2016 offseason, but an Achilles injury to Junior Galette forced Washington to keep Murphy on the outside. Galette is slated to return to the burgundy and Gold this fall, and if he's healthy, could offset the loss of Murphy should the suspension hold.