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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 Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Three quick hits after today's practice:


DeMarco Murray mindset**

Titans running back DeMarco Murray ranks second in the NFL with 1,135 rushing yards, and he leads all backs in the AFC.

The Chiefs are ranked 27th in the NFL in rushing defense, allowing 122.9 yards per game.

On a cold day, Murray knows the running game could be key in Sunday's game at Arrowhead Stadium.

But he said it's a big opportunity for the entire offense.

"I think we are built for winning at all cost," Murray said. "We have passed the ball and didn't run it (well) and we've done just the opposite. So for us, we have enough playmakers to make plays and I think we have a great coaching staff which finds a way to get the job done. So whatever it takes to win, that is what we are going to do."

More than anything, it's a big chance for the Titans (7-6), who remain tied atop the AFC South with the Texans and control their own playoff destiny.

"This is what you hope for in December, just to have a chance to make it to the playoffs,'' Murray said. "I think we have given ourselves a chance to do that."


A chance for Mehdi?**

The Titans promoted defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad from the practice squad to the team's 53-man roster earlier in the week, and there's a chance he could be active for Sunday's game depending on the health of other defensive linemen.

"It feels good to have a chance to help the team," Abdesmad said on Thursday. "I just have to keep working on it. I feel like I have gotten better. Now I just have to wait and see if my number is going to be called."

Abdesmad (6-6, 284) was signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent. He appeared in 39 career games at Boston College, and recorded 98 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 21.5 tackles for a loss, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Abdesmad recorded eight tackles in four preseason games in 2016.

"He is a big, tough guy,'' defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said of Abdesmad. "Coach (Mike) Mularkey will make those final roster decisions. I don't know who will be active myself. But if he gets a chance, I think he'll do well."


Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey (foot) took part in individual drills again on Thursday, and continues to make progress.

"Jurrell did more (than he did Wednesday), which we thought,'' Mularkey said. "And hopefully tomorrow we'll get him an extensive amount just for his sake and ours."

Defensive lineman Karl Klug (Achilles) and linebacker Sean Spence (ankle) did not practice again on Thursday for the Titans. Linebacker David Bass (groin) was limited on Thursday, but coach Mularkey said he expects him to play.

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

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