On Monday, Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he expected that running back DeMarco Murray would probably be limited in Wednesday’s practice.
Instead, Murray got a full workout in with his teammates in preparation for Sunday’s game with the Cincinnati Bengals, despite having suffered both knee and arm injuries in last Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens.
“(We) got a lot out of DeMarco today,” Mularkey said after practice.
Tough has been one of the operative words with Murray this season. Even though he leads the team with 391 yards rushing through half a season, Murray is not nearly on pace for what he put up last year, when he led the AFC with 1,287 yards.
Some of that has been that he has divided carries more evenly with Derrick Henry. Murray’s 391 yards have come on 95 rushes, while Henry has 357 yards on 83 attempts.
Another part of that, though, is that Murray has battled injuries almost from the outset of camp. A nagging hamstring injury cost him all the preseason, and lots of practice time in the regular season as well. On top of that, the shoulder, arm and knee issues have plagued him at times too.
But Murray has remained in the lineup each week, something that did not surprise his head coach.
“I’m not surprised. He’s a tough football player,” Mularkey said.
While Murray got in full work, several other Titans players were sidelined on Wednesday. Linebacker Derrick Morgan was given the day off due to a knee issue from Sunday. Tight end Delanie Walker, who played through a bone bruise in his ankle, suffered on Oct. 22, was rested as well.
Guard Quinton Spain remains out with turf toe, while receiver Eric Decker was absent Wednesday because of illness. Linebacker Nate Palmer, out last week with an ankle injury, was listed as a full participant on Wednesday.