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DeMarco Murray 'close' to full return from hamstring injury

DeMarco Murray is close to a return, but the Titans aren't going to force him into preseason duty. Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Hamstring injuries have sidelined two of the Tennessee Titans' top offensive weapons for the last week, but one is nearing a return.

Running back DeMarco Murray was in full uniform and pads Monday but was limited to warmups, light individual drills and catching passes from Marcus Mariota in the back of the end zone during breaks.

"He's close. We're easing him back into it," Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Monday night. "We'll see how he feels after what he did [Monday] and hopefully we'll get him out here [Tuesday]."

Murray hurt his hamstring working out last Wednesday, a Titans off day, and he hasn't practiced since last Tuesday. Second-year back Derrick Henry has received nearly all of the Titans starting running back reps. He's benefited from Murray's absence, looking stronger and more comfortable in the offense after every practice.

Mularkey said the injury was not serious, but hamstrings can linger if not properly treated.

"It's obviously frustrating not to be out there with those guys grinding with them," Murray said. "For me and the team, the best thing to do is to get healthy and make sure this thing is 100-percent healthy."

Murray said he wants to play in a preseason game or two, but it wouldn't affect his season if he wasn't able to play. Veterans like Murray typically don't need many preseason reps, but Murray says he would like the practice reps to get hit and get first-hand sight of how the offense is flowing.

Mularkey will make personnel decisions later this week regarding the Titans first preseason game at New York Jets on Saturday.

Defensive lineman Karl Klug (twisted ankle) and linebacker Erik Walden (groin) missed Monday's practice with what Mularkey called minor injuries. He's hopeful both will be back on the field this week. Receivers Corey Davis (hamstring) and Tajae Sharpe (foot) remain out as they recover from their respective injuries.