Former Florida WR Louis Murphy returns to practice after torn ACL

Louis Murphy Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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After a long fight back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, former Florida wide receiver Louis Murphy is finally ready to return to the field.

Murphy returned to practice Monday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, nearly one year after the injury interrupted his career, the team announced.

Murphy, who hasn’t played since tearing his right ACL on Oct. 25, 2015 against the Washington Redskins, has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of this season. Now that he has resumed practicing, he must either be activated to the 53-man roster or placed on injured reserve at some point over the next 21 days.

Murphy originally was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders and also has played for the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants. He signed with the Buccaneers as a free agent in 2014.

Now in his eighth season in the NFL, Murphy has a career total of 162 receptions for 2,322 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Murphy was a part of the Florida national championship teams in 2006 and 2008, catching 77 passes for 1,245 yards during his time in Gainesville during the Gators’ Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow era.

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