Running back DeMarco Murray revealed after Sunday’s season finale that he had suffered a torn plantar plate in his right foot back in October when the Tennessee Titans won in a Thursday night game against Jacksonville.
Murray went four weeks after that getting Wednesday practices off up until the Titans’ bye week. He returned to practicing fully in the season’s final four games.
“It was rough. I won’t lie about it,” Murray said of the injury. “I had to take medication just to practice. It was definitely not 100 percent, and it’s something I had to deal with.
“You’ve got to fight through injuries and fight through the pain. It was a case of where I just wanted to keep playing. The trainers just kept finding ways to tape it and giving it some stability. But at the end of the day, I just had to put the pain somewhere else and keep playing.”
Murray, who finished tops in the AFC in rushing yards this season with 1,287 yards and also scored nine touchdowns. He had just 21 yards on 11 carries Sunday, but Le’Veon Bell of Pittsburgh was a healthy scratch and was two yards ahead of Murray entering the day.