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Three Quick Hits from Wednesday's Practice

Posted Jan 10, 2018

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

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

On Saturday, the team will face the New England Patriots in the playoffs, at Gillette Stadium.

Three quick hits:

Dick LeBeau discusses Tom Brady

The Titans know exactly what they’re getting on Saturday in the New England Patriots, especially at quarterback.

Tom Brady is arguably the best ever at his position, and his track record in the postseason is uncanny. Brady is the all-time postseason leader in career pass yards (9,904) and touchdown passes (63). He has 12 career 300-yard pass games in the playoffs.

He’s 25-9 as a starter in the postseason, the most wins by any QB.

Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said the key is “not letting (Brady) read you like a book, which he is very adept at."

“Whether you are pressuring or whether you are going coverage, if he knows where you are going then he is going to be pretty effective,” LeBeau said.

LeBeau, whose defense shut out the Chiefs in the second half of Saturday Wild Card game, called Brady a “special player.” 

“I just have a tremendous amount of respect for his ability as a quarterback,” LeBeau said. “Like all athletes, it starts with God-given talent. And that is what he’s got. He’s got a tremendously strong and accurate arm, and he has the ability to transfer what he is looking at into what he has to react to. … If it was easy, they’d all be Brady.  But there are not many like that.”

DeMarco Murray out

Running back DeMarco Murray has already been ruled out for Saturday’s game with a knee injury.

Murray has missed the last two games with the knee injury he suffered on December 24 against the Los Angeles Rams.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said the plan is for Murray to travel with the team. Mularkey said it pains him to see Murray miss the team’s playoff run.

“I can pretty much tell you he is very disappointed,” Mularkey said of Murray. “But I don’t know if I‘ve ever seen anyone work in a training room like he has to try and get better. I have a lot of respect for him, and I know he is one of the tougher players I’ve been around in my career. It must be painful enough to not be able to go.”

Mularkey said “I am extremely disappointed” for Murray as well.

“I love him as a player, as a person, and what he does for this football team,” Mularkey said. “It is hard to watch when I know he wants to be in there with his teammates.”

Derrick Henry will start once against for the Titans.

Other injuries

Guard Quinton Spain (back) did not practice again on Wednesday. Mularkey said he’s doing better, and said he’s hoping he’ll be able to practice on Thursday.

Cornerback Logan Ryan (ankle) was limited.

Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo was given the day off.