NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey announced the news after the team’s last organized team activity of the week Thursday: receiver Tajae Sharpe had surgery on a foot injury and running back DeMarco Murray had a small procedure on his hand and is in a cast.
Mularkey set the expected time table for both players to return by training camp.
“He had a hand surgery, and he should be ready to go,” Mularkey said of Murray. “He wants to work next week, but I’ll see. He should be out of the cast Monday, and if not he’ll be back for training camp.”
Murray led the AFC with 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns with the Titans last season. The running back said he sustained the injury on his right ring finger in Week 2 of the 2016 season in a 16-15 road win against the Detroit Lions.
“I thought it would heal but it didn’t heal over the off-season like we expected,” Murray said. “Nothing serious. If there was a game I would be playing. … Just a little lingering issue, thought I might as well just get it done now.”
Derrick Henry has taken the first team reps in Murray’s absence.
Sharpe, who sat out of practice all of this week, underwent the surgery on his foot the week previous. Mularkey did not disclose the full extent of Sharpe’s injury, but did say it was akin to the the one sustained by second-year pass rusher Kevin Dodd but not as severe.
Dodd has had two procedures on a stress fracture in his foot that sidelined him for the majority of the 2016 campaign.
“Tajae had a foot injury, and he had a surgery last week, Mularkey said. “I am going to hold him until training camp. He should be ready for training camp as well.
Sharpe had 522 yards and two touchdowns on 41 catches last season.
“There’s never a good time to get hurt, to have one of your players hurt,” Mularkey went on to say. “But fortunately, when we go to camp, as I stand here, I think the only guy that may have restrictions will be (defensive lineman Karl) Klug. Again, that may change if there’s a setback, but today, as we sit here we’re expecting everybody to be full go by training camp.”
Klug was lost to an Achilles injury last season. Quarterbacks Marcus Mariota (limited while recovering from a broken leg) and Matt Cassel (thumb surgery) are the other Titans players currently working their way back to full health.