DeMarco Murray will not play this week

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Derrick Henry put on a show for the Titans in last Saturday’s win over the Chiefs and he’ll be the lead dog in the backfield again this weekend.

The Titans announced on Wednesday that DeMarco Murray will not play against the Patriots as he continues to deal with the knee injury that’s kept him out of the last two games. The Titans have been going with a day-to-day outlook for Murray despite the fact that his reported injury, a Grade Three MCL tear, usually requires a month or more on the sideline before a player is ready to go again.

Henry scored a 66-yard touchdown after a short pass from Marcus Mariota in Week 17, but wasn’t happy with his performance against the Jaguars in that game. There was no self-criticism after the Wild Card win over the Chiefs as Henry ran 23 times for 156 yards and caught two passes for 35 yards to help the Titans come back for a 22-21 victory.

Left guard Quinton Spain remained out of practice Wednesday with a lower back injury. Spain played last week after being listed as questionable and the Titans will dole out final injury designations for the week on Friday.

8 responses to “DeMarco Murray will not play this week

  1. This is good news for the Titans. Murray was brutal this year. I’m not sure if it was because of multiple lingering injuries or he just fell off a cliff due to age/wear & tear. In either case he has been terrible all year and they’ve kept feeding him touches at the expense of Derrick Henry’s development. Henry is by far the better back. As a Patriots fan I think the Titan’s are more dangerous with Henry serving as the every down work horse.

  2. Henry is one big back. Expect Pats to try to contain him and keep Marriota from scrambling, plus get off to a good start and end up forcing Mariota to attack them with his arm.

  3. harrisonhits2 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Pats will take Henry out of the game and force the Titans to beat them in the air.

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    Hmmm. I wonder. I have tons of respect for your football opinions but I think Delanie Walker is the Titans’ best offensive player. I was thinking the Pats take out Walker first (however they do that) and figure Henry can’t get outside because he’s not quick enough, generally. Outside is where the Pats have had trouble stopping the run, not so much up the middle. I can’t see Henry having too much success up the middle no matter what so I think they take away Mariota’s passing security blanket and force him to be accurate to his WRs, and I don’t think Mariota can do that. What do you think of that?

  4. aballinhighgrass says:
    January 10, 2018 at 4:49 pm
    harrisonhits2 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Pats will take Henry out of the game and force the Titans to beat them in the air.

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    Hmmm. I wonder. I have tons of respect for your football opinions but I think Delanie Walker is the Titans’ best offensive player. I was thinking the Pats take out Walker first (however they do that) and figure Henry can’t get outside because he’s not quick enough, generally. Outside is where the Pats have had trouble stopping the run, not so much up the middle. I can’t see Henry having too much success up the middle no matter what so I think they take away Mariota’s passing security blanket and force him to be accurate to his WRs, and I don’t think Mariota can do that. What do you think of that?

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    You might be right about Walker, especially with the Pats historical low success rate covering good tight ends. However, Henry can most definitely get to the outside with the quickness and he brings the pain..there are no dbs on our team that want anything to do with Henry. Containing the Titans run game is the key to beating them.

  5. “Hmmm. I wonder. I have tons of respect for your football opinions but I think Delanie Walker is the Titans’ best offensive player. I was thinking the Pats take out Walker first”

    Interesting. I don’t know much about the Titans roster since i haven’t been watching any games but the Pats the last couple years. Figured Henry was the biggest threat. Looking at Walker’s stats he’s had a great year and is clearly a threat. Thanks for the kind words by the way.

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