Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey says running back DeMarco Murray will not play against the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional round.
Murray suffered a Grade 3 tear of the MCL in his right knee during the Titans Week 16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams and hasn’t played or practiced since.
Murray was “not close enough to play this week, but close enough to play next week,” Mularkey said.
“He’s very disappointed. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anyone work in a training room like he has to try and get better.”
Derrick Henry will start for the Titans for the third consecutive week.
He staked his claim as the Titans’ lead back for the remainder of the postseason in a 22-21 playoff victory against the Chiefs on Saturday, rushing for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries — an average of 6.8 yards per carry.
Henry said he plans to be a downhill, physical runner like he was last week against the Chiefs, when he set a Titans franchise playoff record with 191 yards from scrimmage.
David Fluellen will be the No. 2 back behind Henry, who received 68 of 70 snaps against the Chiefs.