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Three Quick Hits from Thursday's Practice

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

On Sunday, the team will face the Green Bay Packers at Nissan Stadium.

Three quick hits after today's practice:

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Running back update**

DeMarco Murray returned to the practice field on Thursday on a limited basis, and he's expected to play on Sunday.

Fellow running back Derrick Henry missed practice for the second straight day, however, although Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he's optimistic he'll be able to practice on a limited basis on Friday.

Murray is dealing with a toe injury, while Henry is dealing with a calf injury he suffered in pregame warmups prior to last week's game against the Chargers.

Henry did some work Thursday on a side field with trainers, he said.

"The plan is to try and go out there tomorrow in practice and see how it feels," Henry said. "It is difficult (dealing with an injury), but you just have to trust your trainers and get a lot of treatment and make sure to rest to make sure you are ready when you come back.

"It is disappointing, but it is adversity and you just have to overcome it. … I definitely think I have a chance to play on Sunday, but you have to go through the process and get more treatment and see how it feels tomorrow."

Murray played in last Sunday's game after first suffering the toe injury against the Jaguars on October 27. Murray leads the team with 807 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

"It felt a little better this Thursday compared to last Thursday, so you have to keep getting treatment and take it one game at a time,'' Murray said. "It is something you have to keep fighting through, and you just have to deal with it."

Spain progress

Left guard Quinton Spain returned to the practice field this week for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Colts on October 23. Spain practiced again Thursday.

"It feels good to be back out there with the team,'' Spain said. "I had to let the swelling go down, but I am happy to be back."

Spain started the first seven games of the season. Brian Schwenke stepped in and started in place of Spain the past two weeks.

Mularkey indicated the plan is for Schwenke to remain in the spot until Spain is completely healthy and ready.

Spain said one of the strengths of the offensive line is the team's depth. Josh Kline stepped in for an injured Chance Warmack in Week 3, and like Schwenke, has played well.

"We'll see how it goes, and how (the knee) holds up,'' Spain said. "Whenever anybody has gone down we've had players who can step in and keep it going. I feel like we have a good group, and our bond is so strong. We play for each other and care for one another, and that helps."

Injuries

Tight end Delanie Walker (groin), Aaron Wallace (shoulder) and Rashad Johnson (neck) all practiced on Thursday.

Tackle Jack Conklin was limited with an elbow injury.

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

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