Redskins pass rusher Trent Murphy is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancement drugs, the Washington Post reported Sunday.
Murphy is appealing the suspension, the report said. He stands to miss the first four games of the regular season if it's upheld.
Murphy, 26, was a second-round pick out of Stanford in 2014. He had a career-high nine sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games last season.
After a sluggish start to his career at linebacker, Washington planned to move Murphy to defensive end last season. Injuries forced him to stay at linebacker, where he cut weight and had a career year.
Pass rushers either at linebacker or defensive end will be one of the Redskins' top needs in free agency and the draft.