Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans
Running Back #22
Tennessee Titans
Running Back #22
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Held in check

Henry (foot) rushed the ball 20 times for 62 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Henry was active for the first time since Week 8, and he immediately returned to play a central role in the Titans' offense. However, he was largely held in check by Cincinnati, as his longest rush went for only nine yards and he averaged only 3.1 yards per carry. He did manage to tally the first touchdown of the game, plunging into the end zone from three yards away midway through the second quarter. While Henry may have experienced limited explosiveness in his return from a lengthy absence, his presence on the field is an encouraging sign that he'll be healthy enough to retain a workhorse role in 2022.

Jan 22, 2022 5:32 PM EST

Set to face Bengals

Henry (foot), who was activated from IR on Friday, is expected to start Saturday's playoff game against the Bengals, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Analysis: The report notes that the running back, who is bouncing back from surgery that involved having a steel plate inserted into his foot, is also on track to play Saturday with a protective metal plate (described as a modified orthotic) in his shoe. Though Henry, who hasn't seen game action since Oct. 31, isn't expected to be on a snap count in his return to action per Rapoport, he will be monitored by the team, presumably with game flow and how he does with his carries early on likely to dictate his workload. D'Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard -- who had been filling in for Henry of late -- are available to handle complementary/change-of-pace touches in order to take some of the load off Tennessee's star back.

Jan 22, 2022 11:49 AM EST

Activated from injured reserve

Henry (foot) has been activated from IR ahead of Saturday's playoff game against the Bengals, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: The move sets the stage for Henry - who last suited up for game action on Oct. 31 -- to return to the lineup for Saturday's divisional-round contest versus Cincinnati. Considering the lengthy layoff, it remains to be seen how much work Henry will log, but ESPN's Turron Davenport indicated that the star back -- who practiced this past week without any setbacks -- is expected to start when Tennessee's offense takes the field. Game flow and how Henry fares with his carries early on figure to dictate his workload, with D'Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard available to handle complementary/change-of-pace touches.

Jan 21, 2022 1:21 PM EST

Expected to come off IR

The Titans plan to activate Henry (foot) from IR in advance of Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the Bengals, Turron Davenport of ESPN reports.

Analysis: A transaction to confirm such an outcome is slated to arrive later Friday. Per Davenport, Henry is expected to start when Tennessee's offense takes the field Saturday, however in such a scenario how much he'd be in line to see in his first game action since Week 8 remains to be seen. With that in mind, it's plausible that D'Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard -- who have been filling in for Henry of late -- will continue to be involved in the team's ground game versus Cincinnati, as Henry works his way back into mix.

Jan 21, 2022 9:52 AM EST

Increasing practice workload

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said Thursday that Henry (foot) has been taking more reps in each successive practice since the Titans designated him for return from injured reserve Tuesday, Terry McCormick of reports.

Analysis: Vrabel wouldn't tip his hand regarding if Henry will be available for Saturday's divisional-round game against the Bengals, as the Titans plan to reassess the running back Friday before deciding on his status. Tennessee will have to submit roster moves for its postseason opener no later than 4 p.m. ET on Friday, so more clarity on Henry's availability (or lack thereof) should become clear at that point. If the Titans elect to hold Henry out this weekend, D'Onta Foreman would be in line to serve as Tennessee's lead option on the ground, as was the case for much of the second half of the regular season.

Jan 20, 2022 11:25 AM EST

Takes contact without setbacks

Henry (foot) responded well to contact Tuesday and will now continue practicing throughout the rest of the week, with the Titans likely waiting until Friday to decide on his availability for Saturday's game against Cincinnati, ESPN's Turron Davenport reports.

Analysis: Henry's media availability Wednesday might be taken as another sign he's headed in the right direction, especially after the running back said Wednesday that his surgically repaired foot doesn't feel any different than it did pre-injury, despite having a steel plate inserted a couple months ago. He'll still need to make it through a couple more practices without setbacks, and he may not quite be in peak condition after the long lay-off, but Henry should have a big role if he plays. To that end, neither player nor team provided much hint on workload expectations for Saturday, with OC Todd Downing merely saying Henry would be "monitored in the game" if he's "given the green light," per Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site.

Jan 19, 2022 11:17 AM EST

Practicing, taking contact

Henry (foot) is practicing Tuesday, Turron Davenport of reports.

Analysis: He's in pads, taking contact and appears to be running full speed, but that doesn't necessarily make him a lock for Saturday's game against Cincinnati, with coach Mike Vrabel cautioning earlier Tuesday that the Titans would need to see Henry practice throughout the week before making a decision. Given that he's still on IR, albeit with a designation to return, Henry won't be listed on the daily practice reports. He last played Week 8, shortly before getting foot surgery at the start of November,

Jan 18, 2022 1:04 PM EST

Not activated for Week 18

Henry (foot) remains on IR ahead of Sunday's game against the Texans, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: With Henry -- who last suited up in Week 8 -- not moved to the active roster Saturday, the star running back will target a potential return to the lineup in the Titans' postseason opener. In his continued absence, D'Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard will head the team's rushing attack in Week 18, with Jordan Wilkins on hand in reserve.

Jan 8, 2022 10:56 AM EST

Decision pending for Sunday

The Titans have until 4 p.m. ET on Saturday to activate Henry (foot) from injured reserve and make him available for Sunday's game at Houston, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Henry has been on the reserve list since breaking a bone in his right foot on Oct. 31 that required surgery. The Titans designated the running back for return from IR only Wednesday, opening a 21-day window to evaluate him at practice. Speaking to the media Friday, coach Mike Vrabel said the team has "some time to make that decision," but after back-to-back sessions at their indoor facility, they'll "see where he is at" Saturday to get a sense of where Henry stands in his recovery. Before Henry returned to drills, Dianna Russini of ESPN reported there's a chance he's cleared to play this Sunday, but it's also a long shot. In the end, Henry is more likely to get back on the active roster at some point in the playoffs.

Jan 7, 2022 2:45 PM EST

Designated to return

Henry (foot) has been designated to return from IR by the Titans.

Analysis: The move paves the way for the star running back to return to practice and opens up a 21-day window for Henry to resume on-field work with the team, while not counting against the Titans' 53-man roster until he is officially activated from IR. Henry last suited up on Oct. 31 game vs the Colts.

Jan 5, 2022 9:37 AM EST

Set to resume practicing Wednesday

Henry (foot) is expected to participate in practice Wednesday, though he's viewed as a "long shot" to be activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's regular-season finale in Houston, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Before Henry is eligible to mix into drills with his healthy teammates, the Titans must first designate him for return from IR, a transaction that will open a 21-day window for the team to evaluate him for a spot on the 53-man roster. Henry's impending return to practice was foreshadowed Monday, when he took part in individual drills after he was previously seen jogging around in cleats a week before. Given that he hasn't played since late October after fracturing a bone in his right foot and undergoing surgery, Henry will likely need some time to get his conditioning in order. Moreover, since the Titans are in good shape to secure a first-round bye in the playoffs, the team likely won't push Henry to return at less than 100 percent for the regular-season finale. Ideally though, Henry will be back to full speed or close to it for the start of the playoffs, giving a major boost to a Titans squad that has managed to stay afloat atop the AFC South while the league's reigning rushing leader has been sidelined for the second half of the season.

Jan 4, 2022 2:39 PM EST

Participating in individual drills

Henry (foot) will participate in individual drills Monday, Joe Rexrode of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Henry underwent surgery to address a broken fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot at the beginning of November. Coach Mike Vrabel said Monday that the team doesn't have plans for Henry to suit up for Sunday's Week 18 matchup against the Texans, but the team will decide sometime this week whether to designate the running back to return from injured reserve. Although it doesn't appear as though the 27-year-old will be able to return during the regular season, he'll likely have a chance to return in the playoffs.

Jan 3, 2022 10:34 AM EST

Could be back Week 18

The Titans anticipate Henry (foot) will ready to return from injured reserve as early as the team's Week 18 matchup with the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Henry has been sidelined since undergoing surgery Nov. 1 to address a broken fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot after he picked up the injury a day earlier in the Titans' Week 8 win over the Colts. Initial estimates followed surgery placed Henry's recovery time at 6-to-10 weeks, and though Rapoport reports that rehab has gone well over the past month and a half, the reigning NFL rushing champion still looks to be trending toward the longer end of that timeline. Tennessee has gone 2-2 in the absence of their top back to stay atop the AFC South with an 8-4 record, and the expectation is that Henry will be feeling fresh and ready to go ahead of a potential playoff run. In the meantime, the Titans are expected to rely on a committee of D'Onta Foreman, Jeremy McNichols and Dontrell Hilliard out of the backfield for at least their next four games.

Dec 12, 2021 5:27 AM EST

Early January return possible

There is reportedly optimism that Henry, who is bouncing back from foot surgery, could be back in early January if all goes well, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini.

Analysis: The Titans play on Jan. 2 in Week 17 and close out their regular-season schedule a week later, so counting on the star running back to make a regular-season fantasy impact remains a speculative proposition. However, with Tennessee heading into Week 11 with an 8-2 record, this news is very relevant to the team's postseason prospects. For now, Henry remains on IR, with D'Onta Foreman, Adrian Peterson and Jeremy McNichols(concussion) handling backfield duties in the meantime.

Nov 18, 2021 10:11 AM EST

May not return this season

While the Titans still hope that Henry, who underwent foot surgery last week, could return at some point this season, Adam Schefter of ESPN relays that a source indicated it "would be very surprising if (the running back) made it back this season."

Analysis: Either way, Henry is out indefinitely and in his absence, the Titans will proceed with a backfield committee that currently includes Adrian Peterson, Jeremy McNichols and D'Onta Foreman. Henry injured his right foot last Sunday against the Colts and was placed on IR on Monday.

Nov 7, 2021 5:17 AM EST

Officially on IR

Henry (foot) has been placed on IR by the Titans, per the NFL's official transaction wire.

Analysis: This was an expected move, with Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site having previously noted that the running back is slated to undergo foot surgery Tuesday. Though coach Mike Vrabel didn't offer a timetable for Henry's recovery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has suggested that Henry is expected to miss 6-10 weeks. In the meantime, Jeremy McNichols, Dontrell Hilliard and practice-squad member Mekhi Sargent are internal options to see added backfield work, while veteran RB Adrian Peterson is reportedly in line to be added to Tennessee's practice squad, with the expectation he will be promoted to the team's active roster.

Nov 1, 2021 2:44 PM EST

Expected to miss 6-10 weeks

Henry, who is slated to undergo foot surgery Tuesday morning, is expected to be out 6-10 weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site, coach Mike Vrabel declined to put a timeline on Henry's recovery, but it's safe to say that the star running back is out indefinitely. The estimate put forth by Rapoport indicates that Henry has a chance to return before the end of the season, but for now Tennessee will need to find a way to fill the void created by the looming absence of their top player. Jeremy McNichols and Dontrell Hilliard are currently the team's top in-house options, but we'd expect backfield depth to be added by the franchise in short order.

Nov 1, 2021 10:37 AM EST

Slated for surgery

Henry (foot) will undergo surgery Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Henry broke his fifth metatarsal bone during Sunday's overtime win over the Colts. While coach Mike Vrabel said Monday that the 27-year-old doesn't yet have a timetable for his return, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the running back could miss the remainder of the season. Jeremy McNichols is in line for an expanded role in Henry's absence, while the Titans will also host Adrian Peterson for a tryout this week.

Nov 1, 2021 10:04 AM EST

Has broken bone in foot

Henry (foot) broke his fifth metatarsal bone during Sunday's 34-31 overtime win over the Colts, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.

Analysis: The Titans are still waiting on the results of an MRI to verify the severity of Henry's injury, but Adam Schefter of ESPN suggests that the damage could potentially be season-ending. As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports, Henry actually managed to return to Sunday's contest after suffering the injury, ultimately taking 28 carries for just 68 yards, but after the game he had to be carted around in the stadium. Behind Henry, Jeremy McNichols has handled the No. 2 gig and a passing-down role for Tennessee this season.

Nov 1, 2021 7:12 AM EST

Injures foot, may be severe

Henry suffered a potentially serious foot injury and is scheduled for an MRI on Monday to determine the full extent of the damage, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Henry took 28 carries for 68 yards in Sunday's 34-31 overtime win over the Colts, but Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports that the running back was carted around inside the stadium after the game. Adam Schefter's report refers to the foot injury as "potentially season-ending", albeit with the disclaimer that an MRI is still needed for a proper diagnosis. Jeremy McNichols has operated as Henry's backup and passing-down replacement this year, while 2020 third-round pick Darrynton Evans (IR/knee) is out for the season after being placed on injured reserve for a second time.

Nov 1, 2021 6:18 AM EST

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