Fantasy Impact: Titans RB DeMarco Murray Suffers MCL Sprain

By Matt Johnson on Tuesday, December 26th 2017
Fantasy Impact: Titans RB DeMarco Murray Suffers MCL Sprain

As the Tennessee Titans gear up for a must win game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team still doesn't yet know if running back DeMarco Murray will be able to suit up and play in even a limited capacity. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that Murray sustained a grade three MCL sprain, also known as an MCL tear, but he wants to suit up on Sunday.

From a health perspective, there's very little reason for Tennessee to play Murray. The 29-year-old running back, who is set to make $6.5 million in 2018 and 2019, would essentially be playing on one leg. For a running back whose skills already seemed to be in decline and averaged 3.6 yards per carry this season, it could make the Titans' struggling offense even uglier to watch.

Of course, Murray's desire to play is certainly tied to his competitiveness and the constant threat of Derrick Henry waiting in the wings. Henry often demonstrated this year he is the better running back and is the future of this running attack. But each time Murray suffered a significant injury that put his playing status in jeopardy, he would suit up and play that week in his limited role.

The smart move for all parties is to rest Murray. It would open the door for Henry to get a starter's workload against the Jacksonville Jaguars, making him a fantasy RB2 on the week and potential RB1 if Jacksonville rested defensive starters. But Murray still might play in this game and if that happens, it puts both of Tennessee's running backs off the fantasy radar in the final week.

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