NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The bye week helped DeMarco Murray.
On Thursday, the Titans running back said he feels as good as he's felt since training camp.
"For me specifically, it was great. It was definitely much needed," Murray said of the bye week. "I was able to get my legs back underneath me, and obviously heal the hamstring. My body is finally feeling up to par, feeling good. So I am ready to get things rolling."
Murray, who has 372 rushing yards on 86 carries this season, said he's been dealing with the hamstring injury "sporadically" since the start of the year.
"I'm just happy to obviously be back to myself and get things going," Murray said. "(I can) be faster, not worry about hamstrings, and not worry about anything. I can just go out there and focus on my game and helping this team get the job done."
Murray on Thursday was asked about social media speculation from earlier in the week that he might be dealt back to the Cowboys
Murray laughed it off. The NFL trading deadline was Tuesday.
Murray said he wants to finish his career with the Titans.
"I think that was just all speculation by more social media, fans, and obviously people talking about going to Dallas still, but I'm happy here, and they're happy to have me here," Murray said. "I've been fortunate to be a part of the Titans organization for the last two years, and I see myself retiring here and being a great asset here moving forward. So I wasn't obviously worried about it. I think it was all more speculation of what's going on down there in Dallas. I'm happy here, ready to improve and help this team win."
Murray, who spent his first four seasons with the Cowboys, said rumors of his return have "been circulating every year since I left (Dallas). I think the chances of me going back there is probably close to Roger Staubach coming back and playing for them, too.
"So I'm focused on this team, helping this team win and I'm excited to be here, excited to be a Titan and hopefully I can continue to do that for a while."
Titans players take the field for Thursday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn, Nate Bain)