Murphy partially tore the plantar fascia in his right foot during an exhibition game Thursday night against Palm Beach Atlantic. The Gators said Friday he will miss 4 to 6 weeks.
A 6-foot-8 senior who transferred from Duke to Florida after two-plus years, Murphy averaged 5.1 points in 23 games for the Gators last season. The younger brother of former Florida standout Erik Murphy, Alex was eager for his first full season at Florida. Now he's expected to miss at least seven games.
The Gators open the season Friday at Navy. Coach Mike White's first Florida team should have enough depth to handle Murphy's absence. Forwards Devin Robinson, Kevarrius Hayes and Keith Stone back up starters Dorian Finney-Smith and DeVon Walker.