Although a stretcher was taken onto the field at Pairc Naomh Columba, the Donegal skipper was helped off some eight minutes from time having scored 1-4 in what evolved into a 2-12 to 2-8 loss at home to St Michael’s from Dunfanaghy.
Murphy was then outstretched in the home side’s dugout till the end of the match.
“It doesn’t look good,” the Glenswilly manager, Michael Canning, admitted afterwards. He’ll definitely be out for next week, but hopefully it’s not too serious. When you see that he can’t even hobble over to the car it’s worrying.”
The defeat leaves Glenswilly bottom of the table with a vital Donegal SFC fixture against Dungloe this coming weekend.
Murphy’s fitness was the subject of debate all summer with both the player and Donegal manager Rory Gallagher – who was in Glenswilly at Saturday evening’s game – having to repeatedly quell fears that he was carrying an injury.
Murphy did have an ankle injury before the Ulster SFC opener with Fermanagh, but returned to play in all of Donegal’s Championship games.