Just about everything went right for the Tennessee Titans in the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night. But, Tennessee didn’t get out of the half injury-free.
Running back DeMarco Murray left the game during the second quarter after pulling up short on a run. He headed to the locker room and is now listed as questionable due to a foot injury according to Titans reporter Jim Wyatt.
With the score 27-0 at halftime, there’s little reason to push Murray through an injury. He was carving up the Jaguars defense, but his long-term health is more important. Murray had 82 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in the first half. He also had one catch for five yards.
With the 82 yards Thursday, Murray now has more yards in 2016 than he did all of last season, his only one in Philadelphia. Murray is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, which is the exact average he had in 2014 when he made All-Pro with the Dallas Cowboys. That season, he led the league in attempts (392), yards (1,845) and rushing touchdowns (13).
Coming into Thursday night’s game, he was third in the NFL in rushing. If he stays healthy and leads the league in rushing again, he would join Adrian Peterson as the only other active running back with multiple rushing titles.
Murray is averaging 90.4 rushing yards per week, which is also third-most in the NFL. The only two backs with more are Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson. Even if Murray doesn’t return to Thursday’s game, he will enter Sunday’s slate of games with the most rushing yards in the league.