DeMarco Murray underwent a minor surgical procedure on his right ring finger last week and had a cast on his hand as he watched Thursday’s final organized team activity session.
Both Murray and Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey said the injury was not serious.
“It’s nothing serious. Definitely if there was a game, I could play,” Murray said. “We just wanted to get a little jump on it and let it heal.”
Murray is scheduled to have the cast taken off on Monday, but Mularkey said he will have to deliberate a bit more before deciding whether the running back, who led the AFC in rushing with 1,287 yards last season, will partake in next week’s mandatory mini-camp.
“DeMarco had a little hand procedure. He should be ready to go. He wants to work next week. I’ll see,” Mularkey said. “He should be out of the cast Monday. If not, he’ll be back for camp obviously, be ready for training camp.”
The timing of the surgery is a bit odd, but Mularkey chalked that up to the physician’s schedule.
“It’s really nothing serious. Really the timing of the doctor was to do the procedure now rather than after the veteran mini-camp, and I’m fine with it,” Mularkey said.
Meanwhile, second-year receiver Tajae Sharpe also is out until training camp after having surgery on his foot last week.
“Tajae had a foot injury. He had surgery last week. We’re going to hold him for training camp as well,” Mularkey said.
Sharpe, who had 41 receptions as a rookie last year, has an injury that is similar in nature to what Kevin Dodd had last May, but apparently not nearly as serious. Dodd had surgery in May, and was unable to play through the injury after having a surgery placed in his foot. He remains out of OTAs after having a second surgery in January.
“It’s similar, but I don’t want to compare it to the extent that it was this or that,” Mularkey said.
Other players not at Thursday’s final OTA practice included cornerback Logan Ryan and linebacker Derrick Morgan.
Quarterback Matt Cassel (thumb), tight end Tim Semisch (knee) and defensive lineman Karl Klug (Achilles) were present but unable to practice due to injuries.