With Trent Murphy’s 2017 season now over before it got started, the question of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy has been raised. Will insult be added to injury, with Murphy serving that four-game penalty in 2018 after he is healthy?
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Fortunately for him, the answer is no. Murphy’s suspension still will take place as scheduled, from Week 1 through Week 4. He will not get paid for the four weeks and he will have to do his injury rehab at a location away from Redskins Park.
After that, he will be able to return to the team facility to rehab and, if he so desires, attend meetings and games.
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Whatever happens with Murphy in 2018 may be a moot point for the Redskins. Murphy’s contract expires at the end of this season and he will become a free agent in March. He could be on another team next year.
But, regardless of where he is, the suspension will not be hanging over his head as long as he continues to pass his drug tests, whether it is in Washington or elsewhere.
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The Redskins offensive line struggled through the first two games of the 2017 preseason, and more bad news arrived Monday night when CBS Sports reported that center Spencer Long underwent a knee scope and is expected to miss the next two weeks.
Long moved to center last season when Kory Lichtensteiger got injured, and the results were solid. In 2015, Long started a number of games at left guard, but at center in 2016, he seemed a natural fit as a leader and a quick learner calling the Redskins protections.
With Long expected to miss some time, rookie Chase Roullier will take over the top center job. Rouillier played center his senior season at Wyoming and earned All Mountain West honors. At 6-foot-4 and 312 lbs., Roullier has comparable size to Long, who goes 6-foot-5 and 320 lbs. Both players also played some guard in college.
Washington coach Jay Gruden has repeatedly talked about the importance of a backup center, and with Roullier now moved to the top line, expect the Redskins to move quick to bring a veteran in for depth. This will make sorting out the offensive line roster even murkier as the Redskins approach roster cuts after their fourth preseason game.
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NFL preseason games usually don't cause a stir on the Internet. That is, until a very important player suffers an injury in one.
That's exactly what happened during Monday night's Giants-Browns game in Cleveland. While going up to snag an Eli Manning pass, Odell Beckham Jr. was cut down by Briean Boddy-Calhoun on what was a gruesome-looking play:
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At first, Beckham Jr. somehow looked like he was going to be OK. But he eventually had to head to the New York locker room, and the team later said his ankle is what they were concerned about:
If that's all it turns out to be, consider the receiver and the Giants lucky. In looking at replays of the hit, it's remarkable to think that he could emerge from it with no knee issues.
New York will surely update his status once they find out more.
UPDATE - 10:26 P.M.
The entire Big Apple sighs a giant sigh of relief:
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