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DeMarco Murray (knee) to miss Titans' playoff game

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Tennessee's first playoff game since 2008 will unfold without the services of DeMarco Murray.

The Titans on Thursday ruled out the veteran running back due to a lingering knee injury, per Jim Wyatt of the team's official website.

The move comes as no great surprise after Murray missed his third straight practice ahead of Saturday's wild-card clash with the Chiefs in Kansas City.

Murray's absence means a big workload for second-year back Derrick Henry, who squeezed out just 51 yards on a whopping 28 carries against the Jaguars in Week 17, but also helped the Titans to a victory with his 66-yard, catch-and-run touchdown.

Murray was inactive against Jacksonville after suffering a sprained MCL in Tennessee's Week 16 loss to the Rams.

Fans and analysts have been calling for Henry to take on a larger role all season. In the biggest spot possible, he'll be front and center for a Titans ground attack that has crossed the 100-yard barrier just twice since Week 11.

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