Murphy, 29, will miss the entire 2016 season because of the ACL injury he suffered last year. Another Bucs wide receiver, Vincent Jackson, is on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury.
Monday was the final day of Murphy’s 21-day practice period after coming off the PUP list, which meant the team needed to put him on the active roster or he would revert back to the PUP list.
Murphy tore his ACL in Week 7 of last year against the Washington Redskins and underwent surgery. He started practicing with the team last month but suffered a setback unrelated to the injury, and that kept him from practicing.
Wide receiver Russell Shepard missed Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with a hip injury and did not practice Monday. Shepard, along with Cecil Shorts III, has been filling in for Jackson.
As far as Murphy is concerned, he was the team's third wide receiver last year, behind Evans and Jackson. Adam Humphries stepped into that role during the offseason.