Cowboys return won’t happen, plans to retire with Titans

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Titans beat reporter Jason Wolf explains how, after a week off, the team is healthier and ready to keep itself on top of the division.
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Titans running back DeMarco Murray dismissed speculation he might have been dealt back to the Cowboys at this week’s trade deadline, with news circulating about Ezekiel Elliott’s looming suspension, and said Thursday he expects to retire a Titan.

“I think that was just all speculation by more social media, fans, and obviously people talking about going to Dallas still, but I’m happy here,” Murray said. “They’re happy to have me here. And I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the Titans organization for the last two years, and I see myself retiring here and being a great asset here moving forward. I wasn’t obviously worried about it. I think it was all more speculation of what’s going on down there in Dallas. I’m happy here, ready to improve and help this team win.”

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Murray, 29, led the AFC in rushing yards and reached his third Pro Bowl last season, after he was acquired in a trade with the Eagles.

He has 372 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 86 carries this season, an average for 4.3 yards per touch. He’s also added 17 catches for 103 receiving yards.

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Murray is signed through 2019, but has no money guaranteed beyond this season.

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Titans running back DeMarco Murray is healthy following the team’s bye week, after dealing with hamstring and shoulder injuries.
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Murray said he’s as healthy as he’s felt since training camp. He is not on the injury report after being listed with shoulder and hamstring injuries before the bye week.

Murray spent his first four seasons with the Cowboys, and was named the NFL’s offensive player of the year in 2014, when he led the league with 1,845 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 392 carries.

“I think that’s been circulating every year since I left there,” Murray said about rumors he’d return to Dallas, “and I think the chances of me going back there is probably close to Roger Staubach coming back and playing for them, too.

“I’m focused on this team, helping this team win and I’m excited to be here, excited to be a Titan and hopefully I can continue to do that for a while.”

It’d be cool to take handoffs from Staubach, though, right?

“It wouldn’t be bad,” Murray said. “But I think I enjoy (Marcus) Mariota a little bit more.”

Reach Jason Wolf at jwolf@tennessean.com and follow him on Twitter at @JasonWolf and on Instagram and Snapchat at TitansBeat.

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WEEK 9: RAVENS (4-4) AT TITANS (4-3)

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