For those hoping to have a clear picture of Titans’ starting running back DeMarco Murray’s availability this weekend, sadly I’ve got some bad news:
"It's the kind of injury, you watch and see how he wakes up in the morning," Mularkey said. "We'll talk it through. We've been pretty smart to this point. We're not going to subject anybody to further injury."
Not exactly the answer Murray owners were looking for.
With the jury still out if Murray will suit up for Sunday’s battle against the Seahawks, the Titan’s backfield falls to the very capable shoulders of Derrick Henry.
According to ESPN Titans reporter Cameron Wolfe, Henry is “expected to get a significant workload Sunday, whether Murray plays or not”.
And why shouldn’t he?
Henry has looked great so far this season, flashing the size, power, and speed that made him such a highly touted back coming out of college. Look no further than the touchdown he scored last week against the Jaguars:
He’s also outplayed Murray this season, rushing for 117 yards on 20 carries (5.9 yards a carry) and a touchdown versus the veteran’s 69 yards on 21 carries (3.3 average).
We might be witnessing the beginning of the end for Murray. He’s suffered injuries in the past and I’m not so sure Henry is going to relinquish a starting role once it’s given to him. If you’ve got Murray on your fantasy team, I’d recommend starting to look for trades to get what you can for him. In the Titans’ run heavy offense, he’ll of course still have a role, but Henry is going to rapidly ascend into the starting gig and the majority of the carries in Tennessee.
"When my name is called, [I] just go out there and make plays," said Henry.
It was only a matter of time before the torch was passed to Henry and Murray’s injury has started the process. Given how Henry has produced so far, I don’t think he’ll be handing the torch back.