Darrell Henderson

Los Angeles Rams
Running Back #8
Los Angeles Rams
Running Back #8
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Darrell Henderson News

Impact as receiver in SB LVI win

Henderson rushed four times for seven yards and brought in three of five targets for 43 yards during the Rams' 23-20 win over the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday.

Analysis: Activated from injured reserve on Friday after last having played in Week 16, Henderson was still the clear complementary option to lead back Cam Akers in terms of rushing volume. However, the third-year back made an appreciable impact as a receiver, particularly on his catches of 25 and 15 yards in the second and third quarters, respectively. Henderson's knee should be back to full strength early in the offseason if it isn't already, and he and Akers could have quite the competition for the No. 1 running back job in training camp this coming summer.

Feb 13, 2022 8:24 PM EST

Removed from IR

The Rams activated Henderson (knee) from injured reserve Friday.

Analysis: Coach Sean McVay hinted Monday that Henderson would be ready, with the running back coming up on seven weeks removed from suffering an MCL sprain Week 16 against Minnesota (Dec. 26). His standing in the backfield has changed quite a bit since earlier this season, but the Rams could nonetheless try to find him some touches in the Super Bowl, given that both Cam Akers and Sony Michel have struggled to find running room so far this postseason, producing 2.8 YPC and 3.3 YPC, respectively. Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports that McVay talked earlier this week of a potential three-man rotation at running back.

Feb 11, 2022 1:11 PM EST

Should return for Super Bowl

Coach Sean McVay said Monday that Henderson (knee) has a "good chance" to return for the Super Bowl against Cincinnati on Sunday, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Henderson last played Week 16, when he suffered an MCL sprain in a win over the Vikings. The Rams got a late-season burst from backup RB Sony Michel -- and now have Cam Akers back in the lineup as well -- but it's possible Henderson gets some touches this Sunday if his knee checks out in practice.

Feb 8, 2022 12:16 PM EST

Still on injured reserve

The Rams didn't activate Henderson (knee) from injured reserve in advance of Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the 49ers.

Analysis: Designated to return from IR on Jan. 21, Henderson has had two chances to return to the active roster -- also, the Rams' divisional-round win at Tampa Bay -- but he's not yet past the MCL sprain in his right knee that he suffered Week 16 at Minnesota. L.A. will continue to lean on Cam Akers and Sony Michel out of the backfield with a Super Bowl berth on the line.

Jan 29, 2022 4:55 PM EST

Won't play this week

Henderson (knee) was designated to return from injured reserve Friday but won't be available for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official website report.

Analysis: The move suggests Henderson has a shot to return if the Rams advance, though he might only be the No. 3 back behind Cam Akers and Sony Michel. It'll be those two leading the way Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Jan 21, 2022 11:56 AM EST

Designated for IR return

The Rams designated Henderson (knee) to returned from injured reserve Friday, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: This allows Henderson to return to practice, though he won't necessarily be available Sunday against the Bucs, with Rams coach Sean McVay suggesting earlier in the week that he didn't expect any of his players on injured reserve to be "part of the conversation" for the divisional round, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports. Even if that's changed, Henderson may only be the No. 3 back at this point, after Cam Akers and Sony Michel split work in the wild-card win over Arizona.

Jan 21, 2022 10:43 AM EST

Settles on injured reserve

The Rams placed Henderson (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: Henderson sustained an MCL sprain in his left knee this past Sunday in Minnesota that will require him to sit out three games before he can return to the active roster. His next potential appearances depends on the Rams' eventual seed, but in the meantime Sony Michel is expected to be the team's lead running back. Michel may welcome back Cam Akers to the lineup as soon as Sunday in Baltimore, as the latter is completing a much quicker than anticipated recovery from a torn Achilles suffered in July. Aside from Michel and Akers, Jake Funk and Buddy Howell are the other players at the position on L.A.'s active roster.

Dec 28, 2021 10:27 AM EST

In line to land on IR

The Rams plan to place Henderson on IR due to an MCL injury, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com and Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic report.

Analysis: The running back is dealing with an MCL sprain and will presumably target a potential return to action during the postseason. In his looming absence, which should be made official in the coming days, Sony Michel is poised to head the Rams' backfield, while coach Sean McVay noted that it's possible Cam Akers could see playing time as early as this weekend's game against the Ravens.

Dec 27, 2021 4:22 PM EST

Believed to have sprained knee

Henderson is believed to have suffered a knee sprain in Sunday's victory over the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per the report, the Rams are hoping Henderson's injury is minor, but he will undergo an MRI on Monday to reveal the extent of the damage.

Dec 26, 2021 3:30 PM EST

Hurts knee Sunday

Henderson won't return to Sunday's contest at Minnesota due to a knee injury.

Analysis: Henderson was shaken up after his only touch of the game (a 17-yard carry) and now won't contributed to the Rams offense again Week 16. At the time the injury was announced, Sony Michel had taken the bulk of the RBs reps for the team, with 19 carries for 111 yards and one touchdown and one catch (on four targets) for four yards.

Dec 26, 2021 12:40 PM EST

Gets eight touches in return

Henderson (protocols) rushed six times for 23 yards and caught both of his targets for four yards in Tuesday's 20-10 win over Seattle.

Analysis: Henderson returned from a two-game absence to find out he was no longer the clear lead back for the Rams. Head coach Sean McVay stated before the contest that he would deploy a timeshare between the 23-year-old and veteran Sony Michel, who performed well as the fill-in starter over the last two weeks. The Rams held a lead for much of the second half, so Michel -- who profiles better for early-down work -- saw an 18 to eight advantage in total touches. Henderson is a dynamic back who will get more usage in matchups that require a faster-paced offense, so fantasy managers shouldn't jump ship after this poor showing.

Dec 21, 2021 9:11 PM EST

Could be part of timeshare

Rams head coach Sean McVay hinted that Henderson may be deployed as part of a timeshare out of the backfield with Sony Michel during Tuesday's game against the Seahawks, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. "We'll use them both. Sony has done a great job these last couple weeks. We know how reliable Darrell is," McVay said. "So, both of these guys, if they're both up and available, we'll utilize both those guys. As far as the starer, who gets more, it'll be a feel for the flow of the game. I look at it as like we have two starting backs."

Analysis: McVay has largely eschewed a timeshare arrangement this season, as Henderson has played no fewer than 59 percent of the offensive snaps in any of his 10 appearances, while Michel has logged at least 73 percent of the snaps in each of the three games that Henderson has missed. However, after Michel averaged a solid 4.5 yards per carry over the past two games while Henderson was out Week 13 with a thigh injury and Week 14 due to a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, McVay could be more inclined to find room for both backs in the Week 16 game plan. Henderson should garner the start by virtue of having resided atop the depth chart before he missed time, but it wouldn't be surprising if McVay favored the hotter hand between the two backs as the game rolls along. Even if he loses out on some carries, Henderson should at least serve as the Rams' preferred pass-catching option, given the lack of aptitude Michel has shown in that area throughout his career.

Dec 21, 2021 9:52 AM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

The Rams activated Henderson (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

Analysis: Prior to being placed on the reserve list last Saturday, Henderson was tending to a thigh injury, so his status for Tuesday's rescheduled game versus the Seahawks still could be up in the air. However, assuming he puts an end to a two-game absence, he could retake the reins of the Rams backfield, which has amounted to 16.9 touches per game in his 10 appearances this season. Considering Sony Michel has fared well in three spot starts, though, Henderson could be in store for more of an even split than he's accustomed to.

Dec 18, 2021 1:50 PM EST

Rams-Seahawks moved to Tuesday

Henderson (illness) and the Rams will no longer play the Seahawks on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Rams organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, Los Angeles will be able to restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Henderson tested positive for the virus Dec. 11 and sat out the Rams' Week 14 win over the Cardinals, but the NFL's decision to push back the Week 15 contest could provide enough time for him to clear the necessary protocols. If Henderson isn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to Tuesday's game, Sony Michel would be in store for another turn as Los Angeles' lead back.

Dec 17, 2021 12:50 PM EST

Unavailable for Week 14

The Rams didn't activate Henderson (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, making him ineligible to play in the team's Week 14 game at Arizona, according to the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Henderson was placed on the reserve list Saturday, giving him very little time to pass the necessary protocols and make himself available to the Rams. He'll thus miss back-to-back contests due to a combination of a thigh injury and COVID-19. L.A. again will turn to Sony Michel as its main option out of the backfield, which amounted to 27 touches for 129 yards from scrimmage and one rushing TD in the Rams' Week 13 win at Jacksonville. Mekhi Sargent and the recently elevated Javian Hawkins are the other RBs on the active roster Monday. Henderson's next chance to play will be Sunday against the Seahawks.

Dec 13, 2021 3:24 PM EST

Lands on COVID list ahead of MNF

Henderson, whom the Rams placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, will need to have two negative tests in order to become eligible to come off the list, ESPN's Lindsey Thiry reports.

Analysis: Per Thiry, the running back -- whom coach Sean McVay previously noted would not practice Saturday due to an illness prior to being placed on the list -- is not expected to be available for Monday night's game against the Cardinals, with Sony Michel thus trending toward a second straight start. Though listed as active for the Rams' win over the Jaguars in Week 13, Henderson did not take a snap in the game, as he was dealing with a thigh issue that also limited him in practice this Thursday and Friday.

Dec 11, 2021 5:52 PM EST

On COVID-19 list, out Monday

Henderson (thigh) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday and will not play in Monday's prime-time divisional matchup against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Henderson had been a limited participant in practice prior to Saturday as he was recovering from a hamstring injury that kept him out of Week 13's win over Jacksonville, but Saturday's designation will mean the star running back will not be eligible to play Monday against the Cardinals. Provided no other player is deemed a close contact, expect the Rams to once again rely heavily on Sony Michel out of the backfield. In last week's aforementioned win, the 26-year-old played 97 percent of the offensive snaps registering 27 touches for a combined 129 yards and a touchdown.

Dec 11, 2021 12:58 PM EST

Not practicing Saturday

Henderson (thigh) will miss Saturday's practice due to an illness, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Henderson has been a limited participant at practice this week due to a thigh issue that is not considered serious. The team is still waiting to get more information on the illness that will keep him sidelined at Saturday's practice, so the severity of the issue remains to be seen. More clarity figures to be gained once the Rams release their final injury report for Monday's game.

Dec 11, 2021 11:44 AM EST

Another limited practice

Henderson (thigh) was a limited practice participant Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Henderson was also listed as limited Thursday, albeit for a walk-through practice. His thigh injury isn't considered serious, but the Rams haven't made any promises about a return for Monday's game against the Cardinals. It remains to be seen if Henderson has an injury designation on the team's final injury report Saturday.

Dec 10, 2021 4:45 PM EST

Limited to begin Week 14

Rams head coach Sean McVay said Henderson (thigh) will be a limited participant in Thursday's walk-through practice, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Though Henderson avoided the inactive list after being treated as a game-time call leading up to the Rams' Week 13 game against the Jaguars, he was available only as an emergency option behind fill-in starter Sony Michel and depth back Mekhi Sargent in Los Angeles' 37-7 win. Given that the Rams controlled the game from start to finish and Michel performed well in the lead role (129 total yards and a touchdown on 27 touches), Henderson was able to get some much-needed maintenance for the thigh injury he picked up in a Week 12 loss to Green Bay. Assuming he's able to maintain limited activity the next two days or upgrade to full participation, Henderson should have a more realistic chance at playing Monday in Arizona, though he could be moved into more of a timeshare with Michel.

Dec 9, 2021 12:12 PM EST

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