NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Running back DeMarco Murray on Thursday missed practice for the second straight day with a hamstring injury, which meant more work for running back Derrick Henry.
While the Titans wait to see what Murray's status will be for Sunday's game against the Browns, Henry is doing his part to be ready. He's coming off the most productive game of his young NFL career.
"I just approach it like any other week,'' Henry said on Thursday. "Compete every day, get better, and get ready for a good opponent in the Cleveland Browns."
Henry was a force in the team's 36-22 win over the Colts. The second-year back ran for 131 yards on 19 carries, and his 72-yard touchdown run ended any drama in the final minute. It was the first 100-yard rushing game in Henry's NFL career.
Henry, who leads the team with 318 rushing yards after six games, said he was happy to get the opportunity to help the team.
"The big emphasis last week was reestablishing the run, and that started up front," Henry said. "The o-line did a great job, and for us to be able to have the yards that we did, it starts with them and the tight ends and fullbacks – they do a great job blocking. So credit to those guys."
Murray remains day to day.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Murray was going to get some individual work today, "but we decided it was probably better to give him another day, and hopefully get more out of him tomorrow."
Behind Murray and Henry is running back David Fluellen, and running back Khalfani Muhammad is on the team's practice squad. Mularkey was asked if the Titans might need another running for Sunday in the event Murray wasn't available, and he mentioned Muhammad as a candidate. But plenty remains to be seen here.
Henry did most of his damage in the second half against the Colts, and his numbers in the second half of games have been good during his playing career, dating back to college at Alabama.
Mularkey said the team's second-half success is a combination of the running backs running hard, and the offensive line, tight ends, and fullback wearing teams down.
"He's a big back who can move piles regardless of which quarter it is," Mularkey said of Henry.
A 6-foot-3, 247-pounder said he'll be ready when needed.
Henry played 40 of the team's 70 offensive snaps against the Colts after playing just 11 snaps the previous week in a loss at Miami.
"I am just going to go out there and work, and do the job the best that I can," Henry said. "When the opportunity is there, I want to take full advantage of it."
Titans players take the field for Thursday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)