Mike Mularkey still wait-and-see on DeMarco Murray return

Mike Mularkey still wait-and-see on DeMarco Murray return

DeMarco Murray’s preseason debut may be on hold again this week, as Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Friday that he wants to see Friday’s practice tape before green-lighting his star running back.

Murray, who has been plagued by a hamstring issue, returned to practice last week for the joint sessions against the Carolina Panthers, but was held out of Saturday’s preseason game. It was expected that he would be available for Sunday’s preseason dress rehearsal game against the Chicago Bears, but Mularkey is still being cautious with the AFC’s leading rusher from a year ago.

“I’ll make that decision after I watch the tape today,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “I felt that way at this time last week too and by game time I made a decision.”

The seventh-year pro has yet to play in a preseason game thus far, but Mularkey said the veteran would be ready for the regular season even if he did not appear in any preseason contests.

As for the Titans players who definitely won’t play, receiver Harry Douglas joined that list Friday, as he sat out practice with a sore knee.

Douglas puts the number of Titans receivers who won’t be available Sunday at four. Receivers Eric Decker (ankle), Corey Davis (hamstring) and Mekale McKay (hamstring) all remain out, as does safety Curtis Riley (hamstring).

Several other Titans players will have to be evaluated regarding their availability after returning to practice. Those include long snapper Beau Brinkley (groin), defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (hip), fullback Jalston Fowler (thigh) and linebacker Nate Palmer (ankle).

Defensive end Karl Klug, who missed last week’s game with an ankle injury, is expected to play against Chicago.

 

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