Titans rule DeMarco Murray out for third straight week

Titans rule DeMarco Murray out for third straight week

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Running back DeMarco Murray will miss his third consecutive game this week due to a knee injury.

Murray, the Tennessee Titans starting running back this season, suffered the knee injury in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Los Angeles Rams, and has not played since, as the Titans defeated Jacksonville to clinch a playoff berth, and then rallied to defeat Kansas City in the AFC Wild-Card Playoffs last week.

In his stead, Derrick Henry has gotten all the running back carries, and after gaining only 51 yards on 28 rushes against the Jaguars, Henry exploded for his best game as a Titan last week, running for 156 yards and a touchdown on 23 attempts.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey did not rule out Murray potentially playing in the AFC Championship Game next week if the Titans can upset the New England Patriots on Saturday night.

“He’s not close enough to play this week, but he is close enough to play next week,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said of Murray. “I can pretty much tell you he’s very disappointed, but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anybody work in the training room like he has to trying to get better.”

Also, linebacker Brian Orakpo was given a day off to rest on Thursday. Guard Quinton Spain (back) missed a second straight day of practice, while cornerback Logan Ryan (ankle) was limited.

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