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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 Oakland Raiders in the regular season opener at Nissan Stadium.

Three quick hits from today:


Murray ready to roll**

Veteran running back DeMarco Murray was slowed during the early portion of training camp with a hamstring injury, but he's good to go now.

"I'm ready to go," Murray said after practice today. "I feel great. I've had two weeks of full practice, and things have been great. I feel great, I feel fresh and I feel ready to go."

Murray, who finished third in the NFL last season with 1,287 yards, sat out the first two preseason game before returning for the team's August 27 contest against the Bears. Murray carried the ball six times for 16 yards in that contest.

Like the rest of the team's starters, Murray sat out the preseason finale against the Chiefs.

On Thursday, Murray said the camaraderie on the team is great heading into the season.

"Obviously we have a lot of guys back," Murray said. "We added a lot of new pieces, but for the most part we (have a lot of starters) back so from a camaraderie standpoint that is very important. Marcus (Mariota) is back, and we added Corey (Davis) and Eric (Decker) and Taywan (Taylor), those guys are huge parts of our offense and we're ready to get rolling.

"We know we have a great challenge ahead, and we're excited."


A big challenge**

The Raiders finished sixth in the NFL in total offense in 2016, and they've added some key pieces this offseason.

Running back Marshawn Lynch is now part of an offense led by quarterback Derek Carr, who has some talented receivers in Amari Cooper, Michael Crabree, Seth Roberts and Cordarrelle Patterson.

The Raiders also signed tight end Jared Cook, who played last season with the Packers and was a draft pick by the Titans.

"They are a top five offense in the NFL, and the last time I looked that means you're pretty good," Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. "But in a way, that's good, too. Because those are the type of people you are going to have to beat to get to where we want to get – first, last and in between, it doesn't matter. You have to play and you have to beat them all."


Titans cornerback LeShaun Sims did not practice again on Thursday because of a groin injury.

Coach Mike Mularkey said tackle Taylor Lewan, who suffered a sprained ankle on Wednesday, was limited.

Mularkey has called both Sims and Lewan "day to day."

"We're going to see if he can run tomorrow and make a decision on him tomorrow," Mularkey said of Sims. "Taylor Lewan was limited. Hopefully we get some more work from him tomorrow. Other than that, that's it."

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

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