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Packers say Murphy injury unrecoverable; release him

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers have released wide
receiver Terrence Murphy after he failed to recover from a bruised
spinal cord sustained in a game against Carolina last Oct. 3 when
he was hit helmet-to-helmet by the Panthers' Thomas Davis on a
kickoff return.

Team officials told Murphy earlier this week they intended to
fail him on his physical. Murphy, who was placed on injured reserve
three days after the injury, had said he was healthy enough to play
but the Packers decided against passing him on his physical after
reviewing medical reports.

"After several tests and consultations, we have concluded that
Terrence will not be cleared to play for the Green Bay Packers,"
general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement.

Murphy, a second round pick in 2005 out of Texas A&M, played in
three games as a rookie, catching five passes for 36 yards and
returning five kickoffs for 91 yards.