Niners ruin Murphy's return to the Bay Area with Redskins


Trent Murphy had a productive homecoming to the Bay Area, totaling five tackles and one forced fumble from his linebacker spot in Washington's 17-13 loss to San Francisco on Sunday afternoon at Levi's Stadium.

Murphy, a 2013 Stanford graduate, also was on the sideline Saturday during the Cardinal's Big Game win at California, along with a number of former players.

Murphy has forced fumbles in back-to-back games, despite suffering a partially torn PCL in his knee last week against Tampa Bay.

Murphy was reunited with former Stanford teammates Jonathan Martin, Chase Thomas and Shayne Skov of the 49ers. Martin started at right tackle while Thomas played on special teams. Skov is not on the Niners' active roster.

Stanford grad Josh Mauro, meanwhile, filled up the defensive stat sheet this weekend in his first career NFL game. The rookie had a tackle for loss and knocked down a pass during Arizona's 19-3 loss to ex-Cardinal Richard Sherman and company in Seattle. Sherman had four tackles and also defended a pass in the game, as the Seahawks moved within two games of the first-place Cardinals.

Doug Baldwin had two reception for six yards for Seattle while Stepfan Taylor carried five times for 15 yards for Arizona.

Despite not throwing for 300 yards or more for the first time since Sept. 15, Andrew Luck still carried Indianapolis to a 23-3 romp over Jacksonville. The NFL's leading passer (3,641 yards) completed 65.6 percent of his passes (21 of 32) for 253 yards and accounted for 49 more yards on the ground. The 7-4 Colts are leading the AFC South by two games over Houston.

Indianapolis tight end Coby Fleener had two receptions for 28 yards while Jacksonville running back Toby Gerhart had four carries for 31 yards as former teammates faced off once again.

In Cleveland's 26-24 win at Atlanta, Johnson Bademosi had one special teams tackle for the Browns, Sione Fua had one tackle for Cleveland and tight end Jim Dray saw action. Atlanta tight end Levine Toilolo had two catches for 17 yards.

Former Stanford tight end Zach Ertz had four receptions for 30 yards in Philadelphia's 43-24 win over Tennessee; Ryan Hewitt started at H-back Cincinnati's 22-13 win at Houston and Jeremy Stewart played in Denver's 39-36 win over Miami.

— Stanford Athletics

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