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Three Quick Hits from Thursday's Practice

Posted Dec 29, 2016

TitansOnline.com Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt offers three quick hits from Thursday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans just wrapped up practice on Thursday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

On Sunday, the team will face the Houston Texans.

Three quick hits after today’s practice:

Murray’s mindset

Veteran running back DeMarco Murray will wrap up his first season with the Titans on Sunday. It’s safe to say it been a smashing success.

Murray is headed back to the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2014, when he was with the Cowboys. He’s currently third in the NFL with 1,266 yards, behind only Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (1,631) and Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (1,268).

On Thursday, Murray said he’s not worried about individual honors. He was asked about the Comeback Player of the Year Award, and the possibility of finishing as the AFC rushing leader.

“My main goal wasn’t to lead the league in rushing,’’ Murray said. “My goal was to play well, and try and help get this team in the playoffs. We weren’t able to do it – Houston won the division.

“I think I just wanted to be the guy I know I can be -- run hard and lead these guys the best I can. I think I did that for the most part and those sort of things I never paid attention to. If it happens, it happens. If not, no big deal.”

Murray said he feels the Titans are a team on the upswing.

“We’ve got a lot of young players on the team and a lot of veteran players still playing at a high level,” Murray said. “So you look at the draft picks and hopefully in free agency we’ll get some big-time players to come here. I’ll let those guys worry about that and just try to do my job and go from there.”

9-7 vs 8-8

The Titans have a chance to finish the season with a 9-7 mark.

It would be the team’s first winning record since the 2011 season.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said that’s a big incentive.

“I think anybody wants to have a winning record,” Mularkey said. “I mean, that's part of the process. I still think we've done a lot of things good and we've accomplished a lot of things. I think a 9-7 (record) is accomplishing something else that a lot of people probably didn't expect. I just don't want everything positive that has come from this season, again, to be taken away because of this past game. There's a lot of good to be looked upon. Hopefully, we can continue that this week, and getting to 9-7 would be part of that.”

Injuries

Cornerback Jason McCourty (chest) returned to practice on Thursday, and was limited.

Cornerback D’Joun Smith (illness) did not practice.

Linebacker Sean Spence (illness) returned to practice after missing on Wednesday.

Tight end Jace Amaro (quad) was a full participant in practice after being limited a day earlier. Cornerback LeShaun Sims (concussion) practiced for the second day in a row.