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Dec 25 (The Sports Xchange) - The Tennessee Titans can clinch a playoff berth if they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but they probably will have to do it without running back DeMarco Murray.

Murray is not expected to play because of a knee injury, according to an NFL Network report Monday.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said after Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Los Angeles Rams that Murray's prospects for playing the following week were not good. Now it seems the chances are close to zero.

Murray is the Titans' No. 1 back and has rushed for 659 yards on 184 carries.

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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jaelen Strong confirmed via Instagram that he suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

The third-year receiver was injured during the fourth quarter of the 44-33 loss. He caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in his first game with the Jaguars.

"My first reception goes for a TD. IM SO EXCITED to finally be out here w GANG grinding w my dogs and then I tear my ACL," Strong said in a post Sunday night.

On Monday he added: "This lil setback setting me up for a greater comeback..."

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Landon Collins' run of 47 consecutive starts will end next week, because the New York Giants' safety suffered a broken forearm in Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Collins was still in the game when Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton took a knee to end the second quarter. Collins did not think the injury was serious until tests at halftime indicated he had a fracture.

He cried when he saw the result of the X-rays, the New York Daly News reported.

"It's the worst feeling in the world, to not be able to play with my boys, that's what hurt me the most," Collins said, according to the Daily News. "I came in here crying. That's what hurt me the most. It's not the injury because I can try to fight through an injury. But to not be able to play because it's broke(n)."

No decision has been made regarding whether surgery will be required.

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The Seattle Seahawks' euphoria about their critical victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday may be tempered by the actions and words of All-Pro safety Earl Thomas after the game, when he suggested he might want to become a Cowboy.

Following Seattle's 21-12 victory in Arlington, Texas, which kept the Seahawks' playoff hopes alive while ending the Cowboys' postseason chances, Thomas ran after Cowboys coach Jason Garrett as they approached the Cowboys' locker room.

They spoke briefly, and Edward Egros of FOX 4 TV in Dallas reported Thomas was heard to say, "If you have a chance to get me, come get me."

Surprisingly, Thomas expanded on his comments when questioned by reporters.

"I don't literally mean, 'Come get me now,'" he said. "I'm still in the prime of my career. I still want to be here. But when Seattle kicks me to the curb, please, the Cowboys, come get me. This is the only place I'd rather be if I get kicked to the curb." (Posted by Steve Keating in Toronto.)

12/25/2017 19:13

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