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Three Quick Hits from Thursday's Practice


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

On Sunday, the team will face the San Diego Chargers.

Three quick hits after today's practice:


DeMarco Murray update**

Titans running back DeMarco Murray saw his workload increase on the practice field on Thursday, and he appears to be improving.

Murray suffered a toe injury in last Thursday's game against the Jaguars and he was limited in practice on Wednesday. Murray was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice on the official injury report.

"Much better today on his part,'' Titans coach Mike Mularkey said of Murray, "and probably a little more (work) tomorrow."

Murray has 756 yards and six touchdowns at the halfway point of the season. He's currently second in the league in rushing yards.

Murray said Thursday he injured the toe when he made a cut against the Jaguars, and initially feared it was much worse. But he said he's been encouraged by what he's been able to do on the practice field.

Asked if he'll get his normal workload on Sunday, Murray replied:

"We'll see,'' Murray said. "We'll see you after the game."

Rookie Derrick Henry saw his workload increase against the Jaguars. Henry rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries against Jacksonville. In the event Murray is slowed on Sunday, Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said the team is confident in the former Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama.

"Derrick was good for us on Thursday, and he's been good for us all year,'' Robiskie said. "He is another guy in that category that's been real, real patient and when opportunities come up for him (he'll get a chance). "The good thing about it is we have Derrick, we have DeMarco. We have a group of guys we think are weapons and it's good to have them.

"It's good that if DeMarco comes out and says, 'I need some Gatorade' then Derrick can come in and do what he did. The good thing is we have two guys who can get it done and we don't have to change our game plan."


Facing Whisenhunt**

Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was hired by Ken Whisenhunt in Tennessee prior to the 2015 season.

But on Sunday, LeBeau's defense will be competing against Whisenhunt's offense. Whisenhunt, of course, is back as offensive coordinator of the Chargers after being relieved of his duties with the Titans last season.

On Thursday, LeBeau was asked about game-planning against Whisenhunt.

"I am kind of game-planning against (Philip) Rivers to be honest with you,'' LeBeau, with a smile, said of San Diego's quarterback. "And that will hold your interest, I promise you. He is a great player. I don't think Whiz is going to take a snap."

Mularkey, who replaced Whisenhunt last season, acknowledged there won't be a lot of secrets between the two sides.

"We've worked long enough together we kind of know each other's philosophies and mentalities,'' Mularkey said of Whisenhunt. "The advantage of him being here and having time with some of these players, especially the defensive guys, he knows the strengths and weaknesses and that is an advantage that he gets. There's no question about it."

Other injuries

Cornerback Perrish Cox is no longer in the concussion protocol, and is expected to play on Sunday against the Chargers.

Safety Rashad Johnson (neck) and linebacker Kevin Dodd (foot) practiced on Thursday. Mularkey said the Titans plan to monitor Johnson's condition leading up to the game. Johnson was limited on Thursday. Linebacker Aaron Wallace (shoulder) practiced and was listed as a limited participant, along with Johnson.

Guard Quinton Spain (knee) did not practice again on Thursday, and isn't expected to play.

Also, the Titans added tight end Delanie Walker to the injury report with groin tightness. He was limited in Thursday's practice.

"We'll get him checked out,'' Mularkey said of Walker, "and we'll see how he is in the morning."

Titans players take the field for Thursday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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