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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 Denver Broncos at Nissan Stadium.

Three quick hits after today's practice:


DeMarco Murray's toe**

Titans running back DeMarco Murray has been dealing with a sore toe since the end of October.

He benefited from the bye week as much as anyone.

"It is feeling a lot better,'' Murray said on Thursday. "It is good to get two practices in a row. (The bye) helped a lot. I think it helped a lot of people late in the season. I feel good coming off the bye."

Murray is second in the NFL with 1,043 rushing yards. He believes one of the biggest keys on Sunday centers on running the football against a Denver defense that's known for its pass rush, and cornerbacks.

Denver is ranked fifth in the NFL in total defense (28th vs. the run and 1st vs. the pass).

"You don't want to be stuck in third-and-long situations with those two guys on the edge,'' Murray said of Denver outside linebackers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. "They are a very well-coached team, very physical and athletic. I think for us it will be important to run the ball but the receivers will have to do their job and get open in one-on-ones in certain situations."


Casey update**

Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey did not practice again on Thursday.

Casey suffered a sprained foot in the team's game against the Chicago Bears on November 27.

Casey said in the locker room on Wednesday and Thursday he's confident about his chances of playing on Sunday despite missing two straight practices.

"I know he wants to play," coach Mike Mularkey said of Casey. "We're going to just watch him. We gave him another day here. I'm glad we've got some time, but we're going to be smart, too. We've got a few more games here to play, and we need him to play in all of them if we can. We'll make a decision here by the end of the week."


Which QB?**

The Titans still aren't sure which Denver quarterback they'll face on Sunday.

Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian was limited in practice again on Thursday after missing this past week's game against the Jaguars. Rookie Paxton Lynch started in place of Siemian against the Jaguars, and would be in line to get his second career start.

"It's a very user-friendly offense that they have," Mularkey said. "You've seen quarterbacks be able to … come in and have success, so it's very user-friendly. It's what they do. That's what they have confidence in. I don't think it's who the quarterback is, so we're going to prepare for the offense."

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

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