Murray will announce his retirement from football Friday afternoon, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Murray recently said he wanted to sign with a team before training camp, but he apparently changed his mind at some point this week, likely realizing that he'd need to settle for a contract without significant guaranteed money or a sure-fire role. After putting up 1,664 scrimmage yards and 12 touchdowns his first season in Tennessee, the 30-year-old back struggled with injuries and general ineffectiveness throughout 2017, averaging just 3.6 yards on 184 carries and 6.8 yards on 39 receptions. Assuming he doesn't change his mind, Murray will finish his career with 7,174 rushing yards, 2,165 receiving yards and 55 touchdowns in 99 games. He'll be best remembered for a 392-1,845-12 rushing line with the 2014 Cowboys, followed by a clunker of a season for Chip Kelly's Eagles in 2015. ESPN.com's Cameron Wolfe expects Murray to pursue a career in broadcasting, something he's hinted at in the past.
Murray hopes to sign with a team before training camp, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports.
Murray met with the Lions, Seahawks and Dolphins in March, then declined to work out for the Saints in mid-June. He's optimistic he can find an opportunity better than the one in New Orleans, though it's hard to identify an obvious match. After averaging just 3.6 yards per carry in Tennessee last season, the 30-year-old might have better luck waiting until injuries during training camp and the preseason inevitably force a few teams to scramble for backfield help. If Murray were to sign with a team before the start of camp, he might end up in heated competition just to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
Murray is scheduled to visit the Dolphins on Sunday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Murray has also visited the Lions and Seahawks since being released by the Titans last week. Kenyon Drake stepped in as the Dolphins' starter after the team traded away Jay Ajayi and found some success down the stretch, but a more proven running back could benefit the team. The 30-year-old saw a reduced workload in 2017 with Derrick Henry taking over the Titans backfield, totaling 659 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 184 carries.
Murray is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Released by the Titans last week, Murray previously visited the Lions on Monday and left town without a contract. Regardless of where the veteran lands, he'll likely have to settle for an opportunity to compete for a role in a backfield committee coming off a 2017 campaign in which he averaged only 3.6 yards per carry despite playing behind a solid offensive line. While no longer an explosive runner, the 30-year-old is still a strong pass protector and competent receiver. The Lions and Seahawks both need an early down thumper more so than a pass-catching threat.
Murray is scheduled to visit with the Lions on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
Murray's search for a new home begins in Detroit after he was released by the Titans earlier in the week. The Lions struggled to find consistency in the backfield last season, ranking last in the league with 1,221 rushing yards. Both Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick remain under contract for the 2018 season, so it remains to be seen how the team would juggle all three backs if Murray were to sign. The veteran back recorded 659 yards and six touchdowns on 184 carries in 2017.
The Titans will release Murray, the team's official site reports.
In his second season with the Titans, Murray ran for 659 yards and six TDs on 184 carries in 2017. In the wake of his looming departure, Derrick Henry is poised to take over as Tennessee's lead running back. Murray, who turned 30 in February, will thus enter free agency as one of the top available options at his position and should have no problem landing a key role in another team's 2018 backfield.
Murray, who suffered a knee injury Dec. 24, doesn't need surgery at this point, according to the Titans' official site.
The injury kept Murray out of the Titans' regular-season finale as well as the team's two postseason contests, but the veteran back suggests that he could have returned to the field this coming weekend had Tennessee advanced to the AFC championship game. On the heels of recording 1,287 rushing yards and 12 total touchdowns in 2016 while also catching 53 passes for 377 yards, Murray carried 184 times for 659 yards and caught 39 passes 266 yards in 2017, en route to scoring seven times in 15 games. Murray's volume decreased this past season, while second-year power back Derrick Henry's increased. Looking ahead, Murray indicates that he hopes to return to the team to work in tandem with Henry in 2018, but noted "we'll see how things unfold and go from there." Murray is currently under contract with the Titans through the 2019 season, but the Tennessean points out that the running back's deal includes no further guaranteed money. With that in mind, it's not hard to imagine the Titans cutting Murray this offseason, unless his contract is restructured.
Murray (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's divisional-round game at New England, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
According to Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com, Murray missed back-to-back practices to start the week. Shortly after the second absence, the Titans made a definitive ruling on the veteran running back, who racked up 184 carries for 659 yards and six touchdowns to go with 39 receptions (on 47 targets) for 266 yards and another score in 15 games during the regular season. With Murray out of the picture this weekend, the Titans will roll with Derrick Henry as a three-down workhorse in the backfield.
Murray (knee) was a non-participant at Tuesday's practice, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Murray emerged from the Titans' Week 16 loss on Dec. 24 with a knee injury that has since been clarified as a third-degree MCL tear. On Monday, head coach Mike Mularkey termed Murray "day-to-day," according to Wolfe, seemingly due to the running back's ability to tough out injuries, no matter the severity. In this case, though, Murray has been unable to practice in any capacity, leaving his status in limbo as the team prepares for a divisional-round contest at New England. In his stead, the backfield is in good hands with Derrick Henry, who has averaged 154 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown per outing during Murray's two-game absence.
Titans head coach Mike Mularkey indicated that Murray (knee) is considered day-to-day heading into Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the Patriots, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports. "For [Murray] to miss anything, something's got to be hurt," Mularkey said Sunday. "I'm definitely not going to rule him out. He's day-to-day."
When asked Sunday about the nature of Murray's knee issue, Mularkey would only offer that the veteran running back was dealing with a "pretty good" injury, though Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported that Murray is recovering from a Grade 3 MCL tear that he sustained during a Week 16 loss to the Rams. The injury subsequently resulted in Murray sitting out the regular-season finale and the Titans' wild-card victory over the Chiefs, allowing Derrick Henry to serve as the team's lead back in both contests. After establishing a new Titans playoff record with 191 scrimmage yards in the win over Kansas City, Henry was named the starter heading into the showdown with New England, likely limiting Murray to a supporting role if he's able to suit up for the contest. The Titans should have a better idea regarding Murray's outlook for the weekend after assessing his health during their three official practices Tuesday through Thursday.
Murray (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's playoff game against the Chiefs, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
With Murray still sidelined, Derrick Henry will continue to lead the Titans backfield this weekend. In the team's regular-season finale, Henry logged a season-high 28 carries for 51 yards and added a 66-yard TD catch. Looking ahead, back-to-back missed games suggest that Murray would be no lock to play in the divisional round of the playoffs, should Tennessee triumph Saturday. The running back suffered an MCL injury during the Week 16 loss to the Rams.
Murray (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Murray was held out of practice for a second consecutive day as he continues to recover from the third-degree tear of his MCL, which he suffered in Week 16 against the Rams. Murray's status for Saturday's wild-card matchup against the Chiefs remains up in the air as his absence from practice continues, tentatively leaving Derrick Henry in line to serve as the primary option out of the Titans' backfield.
Murray (knee) didn't practice Tuesday, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports.
Although he hasn't taken the practice field since suffering a third-degree tear of his MCL in Week 16, Murray remains a candidate to play in Saturday's wild-card game at Kansas City, per head coach Mike Mularkey. It should be noted Mularkey said the same thing last week, so the statement may be one of gamesmanship than actual confidence that the veteran running back will play this weekend. If he's unable to get the all-clear, Murray would yield the backfield yet again to second-year RB Derrick Henry, who reeled off 117 yards from scrimmage in the regular-season finale.
Murray (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
With Murray out Sunday, Derrick Henry is slated to handle the heavy lifting in the Jaguars' Week 17 backfield, with David Fluellen in reserve. The Titans may also elect to add further running back depth by promoting Khalfani Muhammad from the team's practice squad.
Murray (knee) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
With regard to the running back's status for Sunday's game against the Jaguars as it relates to the Titans' Week 17 backfield, Wolfe added "expect the Derrick Henry show this week." For his part, coach Mike Mularkey called Murray "day to day" earlier this week, while suggesting that the running back was trending toward being a game-time decision this weekend. If Murray is able to tough things out Sunday, he could be used in a limited role, but if he ends up inactive, David Fluellen would be in line for added work behind Henry in Week 17.
Murray (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Per Wyatt Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said that Murray is likely to be a game-time decision for Sunday's 4:25 p.m. EST kickoff against the Jaguars. Meanwhile, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean relays that Mularkey won't confirm reports that Murray is dealing with a third-degree tear of his MCL. In any case, Murray's Week 17 status is uncertain, and if he's ultimately held out Sunday or limited at all, Derrick Henry would be in line for an expanded workload.
The Titans revealed that Murray (knee) has a third-degree MCL tear, though the running back is still optimistic he can play Sunday against the Jaguars, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
It isn't clear if this injury is in addition to Murray's LCL sprain that was first reported. Regardless, head coach Mike Mularkey stated Tuesday that Murray is considered day-to-day, and the running back is still believed to have a chance at suiting up for Sunday's season finale.
Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said Tuesday that Murray (knee) is day-to-day and noted the tailback hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Jaguars, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Murray suffered a sprained LCL in the Week 16 loss to the Rams, with Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reporting Monday that the running back appeared unlikely to play in the finale. That may still be the case, but the Titans will presumably see if Murray can practice in any capacity this week before rendering a decision on that front. If the veteran is held out Week 17, second-year back Derrick Henry would likely command a heavy workload in a critical matchup that will determine the Titans' playoff hopes.
Murray (knee) isn't expected to play Week 17 against the Jaguars, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
As the minutes wound down on Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Rams, Murray required assistance from the training staff to reach the sideline at the end of a two-yard run, his 15th and final one of the day. The initial examination revealed an apparent sprain of his LCL, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, but an MRI on Monday will reveal the extent of the damage. Because the Titans' thought process has reached the point of holding Murray out of the regular-season finale, the ground game may be entirely reliant on second-year running back Derrick Henry on Sunday.
An initial exam on Murray's knee revealed an LCL sprain, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Murray -- who suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the Rams -- has an MRI on tap Monday to confirm the diagnosis, but at this stage it looks like he'll probably be out next weekend, which would set the stage for Derrick Henry to head the Titans' rushing attack in the team's regular-season finale against the Jaguars.