The Buffalo Bills announced Friday that play-by-play broadcaster John Murphy is recovering at home after having a stroke last weekend.
Murphy has been the “voice of the Bills,” calling games on the team's radio network since Van Miller retired after the 2003 season.
“John Murphy suffered a stroke last weekend,” the family’s statement said. “He is recovering at home with his family and making progress every day. John and the Murphy family are grateful for the excellent care by the staff and doctors at Buffalo General Medical Center. We appreciate everyone’s support.”
One Bills Live co-host Chris Brown filled in for Murphy on Monday night and will continue to do so until Murphy can return, the team said.
On Monday, the team announced that the longtime radio talent would miss Monday's matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals because he was "under the weather" and offered well wishes.
In a scene of events that shocked millions, that game was suspended and later canceled after Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field.
In the same way that Buffalo’s loyal fan base continues to rally behind Hamlin, Murphy will have the support of “Bills Mafia.”
‘It’s ok to feel overwhelmed’
The city dealt with massive snowfall in November, which almost prevented the Bills from making it to Detroit to face the Cleveland Browns in Week 12.
Through it all, the city continues to support the Bills with vigor. Amid Hamlin’s emergency, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown acknowledged the recent struggles.
“Our City has experienced some challenging times. It’s ok to feel overwhelmed,” he wrote on Twitter. He offered mental health resources and added that “as a community, we have experienced grief and trauma.”