Darrell Henderson

Los Angeles Rams
Running Back #8
Los Angeles Rams
Running Back #8
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Inefficient on big workload

Henderson ran for 45 yards on 15 carries and caught three receptions for 19 yards on six targets against Detroit on Sunday.

Analysis: The Lions seemed to play the run tough Sunday -- backup Sony Michel produced just four yards on two carries himself -- and Henderson's pass-catching returns were bad relative to the volume, too. Henderson has been steady if not explosive in his other 2021 games, so it's reasonable to expect a bounce back against Houston in Week 8, but it would still be reassuring to see him do more with his targets going forward. Luckily for Henderson the Rams have no real alternatives -- Henderson seems to be good enough for them, but even if he isn't they might need to ride with him anyway.

Oct 24, 2021 5:09 PM EST

Scores through ground and air

Henderson rushed 21 times for 78 yards and a touchdown and brought in two of three targets for 29 yards and another score in the Rams' 38-11 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: The third-year back once again served as the clear lead back while outpacing Sony Michel by 12 carries. Henderson crossed the goal line from two and 23 yards out on the ground and through the air, respectively, on back-to-back drives late in the first half. The 24-year-old's receiving score was his first of the season, and he's now found the end zone as a rusher on four occasions over his first five games. Henderson will look to exploit another favorable matchup when the Rams host the winless Lions in Week 7.

Oct 17, 2021 3:03 PM EST

Explosive, efficient in win

Henderson rushed 17 times for 82 yards and a touchdown while bringing in his only target for 17 yards in the Rams' 26-17 win over the Seahawks on Thursday night.

Analysis: For the second time in five days, Henderson looked like he was shot out of a cannon on several of his runs, leading to another highly efficient night on the ground. Even with the short turnaround between games, Henderson logged a season-high number of carries, notching his second-highest yardage tally on the ground in the process. The 24-year-old still worked as the clear lead back with Sony Michel logging six fewer carries, and Henderson figures to continue in that role against the Giants in a Week 6 road matchup a week from Sunday.

Oct 7, 2021 9:33 PM EST

Ready for Thursday

Henderson (ribs) doesn't have a designation for Thursday's game at Seattle, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Henderson went through the same practice routine for a second consecutive week, being listed as limited on the first two injury reports before putting in a full session on the final one. Coach Sean McVay relayed to Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com on Wednesday that it should be "all hands on deck" for Thursday, and indeed every injured Ram has avoided a designation for the contest. Henderson likely is good to handle a similar workload to this past Sunday, when he turned an 89-percent share of the snaps into 19 touches for 116 yards from scrimmage against the Cardinals. Sony Michel will be on hand for any RB reps that linger.

Oct 6, 2021 2:23 PM EST

Logs another limited practice

Henderson (ribs) was limited at Tuesday's walkthrough, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Rams continue to impose limitations on Henderson's practice reps after he sat out Week 3 due to a rib cartilage injury, likely to ensure he's as healthy as possible with the team poised to play two games in the span of five days. This past Sunday against the Rams, Henderson returned to action as L.A.'s unquestioned back, taking 19 touches for 116 yards from scrimmage. Behind Henderson, Sony Michel earned the rest of the RB snaps and touches en route to three carries for 11 yards, so the former should handle the bulk of the backfield work Thursday at Seattle, assuming he's active as expected.

Oct 5, 2021 5:29 PM EST

Listed as limited on practice estimate

Henderson (rib) was listed as limited on Monday's practice estimation, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Henderson, who was sidelined by a rib issue in Week 3, logged 61 of a possible 68 snaps on offense in Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Cardinals, en route to carrying 14 times for 89 yards and catching five of his six targets for 27 yards. With no reported setbacks in the contest, we'll operate under the assumption that Henderson's listed limitations imply that his reps would have been managed had the Rams, who play Seattle on Thursday, actually practiced Monday.

Oct 4, 2021 2:24 PM EST

Tops 100 scrimmage yards in loss

Henderson carried the ball 14 times for 89 yards and caught five of six targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Sony Michel committed an early fumble and wound up seeing only three carries on the afternoon, but Henderson's performance likely would have led to him dominating backfield touches for the Rams anyway. After missing last week's contest with a rib issue, he looked 100 percent healthy and secure in the lead role heading into a Week 5 tilt against the Seahawks.

Oct 3, 2021 6:00 PM EST

Listed as active Sunday

Henderson (rib) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Henderson is back in the mix after missing last week's win over the Buccaneers, in which fellow RB Sony Michel logged 23 touches for 79 yards on a 74-percent snap share, while backup Jake Funk was given just one carry. It's unclear if Henderson will return to his early-season volume in his return to action, but it's worth noting that he played 94 percent of snaps Week 1 and was on track for a similar load in Week 2 before he suffered his rib injury. Even if he cedes work to Michel in Week 4, Henderson still has a chance to lead the way versus Arizona, barring any in-game issues.

Oct 3, 2021 11:45 AM EST

Listed as questionable, should play

Henderson (rib) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Arizona, though coach Sean McVay expects the running back to play after he logged a full practice Friday without any setbacks,Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It appears Henderson will miss just the one game, which happened to be a nightmare matchup against Tampa's stellar run defense. Sony Michel took 23 touches for 79 yards on 74 percent snap share, while backup Jake Funk was given just a lone carry. It's unclear if Henderson will return to an every-down role; he played 94 percent of snaps Week 1 and was on track for about the same in Week 2 until he hurt his ribs. Even if he's subbed out more often, Henderson should lead the way this Sunday against Arizona, assuming he avoids the inactive list (as expected) prior to Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff.

Oct 1, 2021 2:10 PM EST

Should be ready this weekend

Coach Sean McVay said Friday that Henderson (ribs) should return for Sunday's game against Arizona, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official website reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if the Rams list him with an injury designation, but it sounds like Henderson will be back in action after missing one week. Sony Michel filled in last week as the lead runner in a win over Tampa.

Oct 1, 2021 11:35 AM EST

Puts in another limited practice

Henderson (ribs) logged a limited practice Thursday.

Analysis: Prior to Thursday's session, Henderson was spotted stretching and warming up with his teammates, per Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic. Henderson appeared to be more active than he was Wednesday, when he worked on the side with the training staff, but he still had a cap on his reps. He'll look to get all the way back to full to wrap up Week 4 prep Friday, but it remains unclear if he'll put his rib cartilage injury behind him in advance of Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Sony Michel is healthy and on hand to handle the Rams backfield if Henderson is absent or limited this weekend.

Sep 30, 2021 5:54 PM EST

Officially limited Wednesday

Henderson (ribs) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After Henderson took part in Wednesday's walkthrough, coach Sean McVay told Thiry that there was an "expectation and anticipation that he'll play (Week 4), but not 100 percent sure." Once the Rams took the practice field, however, Henderson was seen working with a Rams trainer on the side, per Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News. Once the session was closed, Henderson likely hopped into some drills to earn a 'limited' designation, but in any case he's trending in the right direction to return Sunday against the Cardinals. If he does enough to be cleared for game action, it'll be interesting to see the breakdown of backfield work between Henderson and Sony Michel, who eked out 79 yards from scrimmage on 23 touches in place of the former this past Sunday against a stingy Bucs run defense.

Sep 29, 2021 4:44 PM EST

Working on side Wednesday

Henderson (ribs) worked on the side with a member of the Rams' training staff during the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Analysis: That's not to say Henderson eventually won't get on the field, especially after he participated in a walkthrough earlier Wednesday. After the walkthrough, coach Sean McVay told Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com that "the expectation and anticipation is that he'll play (Sunday against the Cardinals), but not 100 percent sure." The Rams will reveal if Henderson was a non-participant or limited when they release their first Week 4 injury report.

Sep 29, 2021 3:36 PM EST

Making progress

Coach Sean McVay said Henderson is progressing through his rib cartilage injury, and the Rams are "hopeful" he'll be available Sunday against the Cardinals, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Henderson didn't practice at all during Week 3 prep before sitting out this past Sunday, so the first step for him will be to get on the practice field. The Rams won't release their first injury report of the week until Wednesday, at which point McVay's comment could be fulfilled. On Sunday against the Buccaneers, Sony Michel handled 74 percent of the snaps on offense while rookie Jake Funk got 22 percent. The resulting touch counts were 23 for Michel (79 yards from scrimmage) and one for Funk (a six-yard run). A similar breakdown for Week 4 is likely if Henderson is unable to make it back.

Sep 27, 2021 4:19 PM EST

Inactive against Buccaneers

Henderson (ribs) is inactive Sunday against the Buccaneers, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Henderson failed to practice all week after suffering his rib injury in the Week 2 win over the Colts, foreshadowing a likely absence that's now been confirmed. Sony Michel, who gained 46 yards on 10 carries in Henderson's stead versus Indianapolis, and Jake Funk will handle primary backfield duties against the stingy Buccaneers front seven, while practice squad call-up Buddy Howell will also be on hand to rotate in as needed.

Sep 26, 2021 12:03 PM EST

Not expected to play

Henderson (rib) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Buccaneers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: In the event that Henderson, who didn't practice this past week, is deemed inactive for Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff, Sony Michel would be in line to draw the start at running back for the Rams, with rookie Jake Funk a candidate to mix in.

Sep 26, 2021 4:34 AM EST

Questionable for Sunday

Henderson (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Rams coach Sean McVay expects his starting running back to be a game-time decision despite being held out of practice Wednesday through Friday. Possible outcomes ahead of the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff include an inactive designation or a limited/shared workload, though it's also possible Henderson can handle the lead role if he finds a way to manage the pain from his rib cartilage injury. The matchup won't help, as Tampa led the league in both rushing yards allowed and YPC allowed in 2019 and 2020. Backup Sony Michel should have a Week 3 role even if Henderson is active.

Sep 24, 2021 1:14 PM EST

Likely game-time decision

Coach Sean McVay expects Henderson (ribs) to be a game-time decision, with his availability for Sunday's matchup with the Bucs largely coming down to pain tolerance, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: If he does end up playing, Henderson will be at obvious risk for an in-game setback. Either way, Sony Michel figures to have a role, be it as the starter or off the bench. Henderson played 94 percent of snaps in a Week 1 win over Chicago, and he was on track for a similarly large share Week 2 before a rib injury knocked him out of the win over Indy. Both Rams running backs get a worst-possible matchup this weekend, as Tampa returned all 11 starters to a defense that led the league in both rushing yards allowed and YPC the past two years.

Sep 24, 2021 11:47 AM EST

No practice reps yet

Henderson (ribs) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: As expected, Henderson sat out the first two sessions of Week 3 prep due to a rib cartilage injury suffered this past Sunday at Indianapolis. Coach Sean McVay told Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News on Thursday that the Rams' plans at running back are "TBD" with Henderson banged up. There's a belief Henderson will test out the health concern Friday, so McVay may have a better idea of the backfield breakdown by the end of the week. Even if L.A. takes the decision to clear Henderson for game action down to Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, the team seems poised to have Sony Michel in an expanded role this weekend, with Jake Funk available for reps. The Rams also could elevate one of Buddy Howell or Javian Hawkins from the practice squad.

Sep 23, 2021 5:33 PM EST

DNP on Wednesday

Henderson (ribs) isn't participating in Wednesday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Henderson emerged from the Rams' Week 2 win at Indianapolis with a rib cartilage injury, which likely will keep him out of practice Wednesday and Thursday. The hope is for Henderson to get on the field and test everything out Friday, at which point coach Sean McVay may make a decision on Henderson's availability for Sunday's showdown with the Buccaneers. If Henderson needs time off, L.A. will rely on Sony Michel out of the backfield, with Jake Funk on hand in reserve. The Rams have Buddy Howell and Javian Hawkins on the practice squad in the event an elevation is needed, too.

Sep 22, 2021 3:06 PM EST

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