Tennessee Titans rule RB DeMarco Murray out vs. Patriots

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey ruled running back DeMarco Murray out on Wednesday for Saturday's divisional playoff game at New England.

Derrick Henry, who rushed for 156 yards to help the Titans upset the Kansas City Chiefs last week, will start against the Patriots.

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Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) gets past Kansas City Chiefs free safety Ron Parker (38) to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is tackled by Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Derrick Morgan (91) during the second half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Ron Parker (38) and outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis (84) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Darrelle Revis (24) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (14) catches a pass against Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson (25) during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) is helped off the field against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (14) is tackled by Tennessee Titans cornerback Tye Smith (33) during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) reaches for a pass against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson (20) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) is pushed out of bounds by Tennessee Titans free safety Kevin Byard (31) during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (22) celebrates after an interception against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: A detail of a fan's haircut during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6: Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson #14 of the Kansas City Chiefs stretches the ball over the goal line after breaking the tackle of free safety Kevin Byard #31 of the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: Tight end Delanie Walker #82 of the Tennessee Titans is tackled after making a catch during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6: Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson #14 of the Kansas City Chiefs high fives teammate wide receiver Albert Wilson #12 after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a pass in the endzone for a touchdown as inside linebacker Avery Williamson #54 of the Tennessee Titans defends during the 1st quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a pass in the endzone for a touchdown as inside linebacker Avery Williamson #54 of the Tennessee Titans defends during the 1st quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Murray was injured Week 16 and the grade-three sprain of his medial collateral ligament in his right knee caused him to miss the playoff opener in addition to the regular-season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Mularkey played coy, or infinitely optimistic on Monday, refusing to rule Murray out after learning he was running on a treadmill.

"So I'd say he's day-to-day right now and I just hope for the best. Maybe in a limited role. We don't know yet," Mularkey said at the time.

Even though he's ruled out this week, Murray remained on the 53-man active roster, a signal that the Titans don't expect him to require a full six weeks -- typical recovery time for a torn MCL -- to return to the field at some point this postseason.

Murray rushed for a career-low 659 yards and six touchdowns on 184 carries during the regular season, plus 39 catches for 266 yards and a score. He started the first 15 games of the 2017 season.

--Field Level Media

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