Running back DeMarco Murray, whose injured hamstring was feeling better after some bye week rest, was not only happy to be getting healthy, but happy to dispel social media rumors of trade talk prior to last Tuesday’s deadline.
Murray, acquired by the Titans in a trade with Philadelphia two years ago, said his football future is focused on staying in Tennessee, and his football present is about being healthy and helping the Titans offense get back on track.
“I think that was just all speculation on social media and fans talking about the whole Dallas deal,” said Murray, who left the Cowboys after 2014 to sign with the Eagles. “But I’m happy here, and I’m fortunate to be a part of the Titans for the last two years. I see myself retiring here and being a great asset here moving forward. I wasn’t worried about it. I think it was all more speculation of what’s going on down in Dallas. I’m happy here. I’m ready to improve and help this team win.”
Murray said the Cowboys talk and speculation of his return there seems to crop up every year.
“I think that’s been circulating every year since I left there. Every year since I left there, they say there’s a chance of me going back there, but there’s probably a better chance of Roger Staubach going back there,” Murray said. “I’m focused on this team, focused on helping this team win. I’m excited to be here and focused on the Titans.”
Murray said he feels better with his injured hamstring than at any time since training camp. Murray missed all the preseason and has missed regular-season practices, but no game time while dealing with the injury.
“For me, it was much needed to get my legs back under me and help to heal the hamstring,” he said. “My body is finally feeling up to par and feeling good and I’m ready to get things going.”
Tight end Delanie Walker sat out practice for a third day in a row with his injured ankle. Titans coach Mike Mularkey indicated that the Titans still have some time to see if Walker can heal up enough to play Sunday against Baltimore.
“We’ve got time. I think I mentioned it to you, worrying doesn’t do me any good or do anybody any good, there’s nothing you can do about it. We’ll go as is, we’ve got a couple of days still,” Mularkey said.
Mularkey went ahead and ruled guard Quinton Spain out for the game due to his turf toe injury, meaning that Brian Schwenke will step into the left guard spot.
Receiver Corey Davis and safety Johnathan Cyprien, both out multiple weeks with hamstring injuries, were full participants Thursday.
Also, Taywan Taylor was out of Thursday’s practice, excused for personal reasons. Tackle Jack Conklin was out due to illness, and Nate Palmer was out with an ankle injury suffered Wednesday.