The Tennessee Titans head into Sunday’s game in Cleveland with three key starters all questionable with injuries
Running back DeMarco Murray (hamstring) and linebacker Derrick Morgan (abdomen) were both limited in Friday’s practice and are questionable for Sunday, as well as tight end Delanie Walker, who was held out of practice after sustaining a calf injury in Thursday’s practice.
Murray, who has not yet missed any games this season, has tweaked the hamstring twice in the regular season after missing all the preseason with the injury.
Murray was happy to get some work in on Friday, but will still be a game-time decision.
“I’m feeling all right. Obviously, I missed Wednesday and Thursday on a short week, but I got some work in today, so I’m feeling better,” Murray said. “I take it one day at a time, no matter what the situation is. If it’s something I can play through and fight through, then I’ll do that and worry about the aftermath when it’s done, no matter what the repercussions may be. We’ll see how it feels. I’ll warm up prior to the game and see how it feels and make a decision from there.”
Murray said he has never dealt with a lingering hamstring injury before, and plans to examine the situation during the bye week.
“I’ve got to take a step back after this game and look at the supplements and stuff that I’m taking. I’ve never had this problem before. It’s very frustrating, but I’ve just got to take it one day at a time,” he said.
Murray, who led the AFC in rushing last year, has 313 yards this season on 68 carries, five behind his backup, Derrick Henry, who had 131 yards in Monday night’s win over the Colts, collecting a good part of that after Murray tweaked his hamstring.
As for Walker, who was limited on Thursday and out today, Titans coach Mike Mularkey said, “We’re just being smart,” regarding the veteran tight end.
Walker leads the Titans with 25 receptions this season.
Morgan has done limited work the past two days since suffering an abdominal strain in Monday night’s victory. Morgan leads the Titans with three sacks thus far this season.
Mularkey did admit that with some of the injuries, the Titans having a bye week next week, which would give them a chance to rest players who need it an extra week, would be a consideration.
“That comes into consideration. That will probably be in the discussions as well,” he said.