The Tennessee Titans ruled running back DeMarco Murray out for Sunday’s win-and-in regular-season finale due to a right knee injury.
Murray suffered the injury in last Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams and had to be helped off the field in the fourth quarter. Titans coach Mike Mularkey had held out hope earlier in the week that Murray might be able to play, even in a limited role, in Sunday’s pivotal game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium.
The Titans’ playoff hopes are that a win over the Jaguars would give the franchise its first playoff berth in nine years. But a fourth straight loss for the Titans (8-7) would mean that Tennessee would need losses Sunday by the Chargers and Bills to qualify for the playoffs.
Murray’s absence means the Titans will start Derrick Henry at running back. Henry is actually Tennessee’s leading rusher with 693 yards on 148 carries this season, but has been used sparingly the previous three weeks with single-digit carries in each of those contests. Murray has rushed for 659 yards this season on 184 carries, while battling a variety of injuries, including a hamstring and shoulder injury, as well as a previous unrelated knee injury. Murray also has 39 receptions this season for the Titans, compared to just 10 for Henry.
That also means that seldom-used David Fluellen, who has just four carries for 21 yards this season, will serve as the Titans’ primary backup at running back. Late Friday afternoon the Titans promoted squad running back Khalfani Muhammad to the 53-man roster as a third running back. Cornerback Demontre Hurst was waived to make room.
Cornerback Logan Ryan did not practice all week for the Titans and is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. He suffered the injury vs. the 49ers two weeks ago and did not play vs. the Rams last week.
Also, wide receiver Eric Decker was added to the injury report with a minor hamstring issue, but has no injury designation for Sunday’s game.