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Redskins Sign Wide Receiver Jamari Staples, Place Linebacker Trent Murphy On Injured Reserve

Posted Aug 12, 2017

The Redskins have signed former Louisville wide receiver Jamari Staples, who is taking the place of linebacker Trent Murphy on the active roster. Murphy has been placed on Injured Reserve.

The Redskins have signed former Louisville wide receiver Jamari Staples, who is taking the place of linebacker Trent Murphy on the active roster. Murphy has been placed on Injured Reserve.

The Washington Redskins announced on Saturday that they have signed free agent wide receiver Jamari Staples.

In a corresponding move, linebacker Trent Murphy has been placed on Injured Reserve after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee during Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

Additionally, the team has waived tackle Kevin Bowen, designated as injured.

Staples, 22, split his collegiate career between UAB and Louisville.

The Alabama native played two seasons with UAB, recording 40 receptions for 648 yards and five touchdowns.

During his freshman season, Staples recorded 31 receptions for 458 yards. In his college debut against Troy, Staples recorded six receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Following the 2014 season, Staples transferred to Louisville after it was announced that UAB’s football program was being shut down.

In two seasons with the Cardinals, Stapled tallied 73 receptions for 1,253 yards and five touchdowns.

Staples is joining a wide receivers group that includes Josh Doctson, Terrelle Pryor Sr. and Jamison Crowder among others.

As for Murphy, he was entering his fourth season with the Redskins after being the team’s top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He suffered the season-ending injury in the first quarter of Washington’s 23-3 loss to Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Stanford product was coming off a career-high 9.5 sacks and was expected to be a key contributor to a pass rush headlined by two-time Pro Bowler along with Ryan Anderson, Junior Galette, Preston Smith and Lynden Trail.

In his first three seasons in Washington, Murphy appeared in 47 regular season games with 23 starts, registering 110 tackles along with 15 sacks, six fumbles forced and four fumbles recovered.

Murphy is the second Redskins player placed on Injured Reserve this season, joining running back Keith Marshall who cleared waivers following a knee injury suffered in the first week of training camp.

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