DeMarco Murray was out of practice again on Thursday with his injured hamstring, leading to questions about his status for Sunday’s game in Cleveland.
Murray missed time in training camp and did not play at all in preseason with the injury, but has not missed any regular season games thus far, despite tweaking the hamstring twice thus far. Murray exited the Titans’ win in Jacksonville after the first half, and was used sparingly in the second half of Monday night’s win over Indianapolis.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey said the plan Thursday originally was to let Murray do individual work, but the staff decided to rest him another day and possibly have him practice on Friday.
“He was going to get some individual, we decided it was probably better to give him another day and hopefully get more out of him tomorrow. That was the plan,” Mularkey said.
Mularkey admitted that Murray’s injury this time is similar to the way it was after the Jacksonville game and leading up to the next week’s game against Seattle. Murray did only limited work Friday, but played and had his best game of the season that week, including a 75-yard touchdown run.
Murray’s situation could open up the door for Derrick Henry, who had 131 yards rushing Monday night, including a 72-yard TD run, to either get the start or the lion’s share of the carries Sunday when the Titans travel to face the winless Browns.
Meanwhile, tight end Delanie Walker was added to the injury report Thursday with a calf issue that caused him to be limited in practice.
Linebacker Derrick Morgan returned to practice and did limited work, while quarterback Marcus Mariota worked fully for the second consecutive day.
Receiver Corey Davis and Johnathan Cyprien will be out until after the bye week with their hamstring injuries.