Derrick Henry Eyes a Return to the Field
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is expected to be back at practice Wednesday. Henry has been out of commission since Week 8 against the Indianapolis Colts when he suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot.
The Titans were 6-2 when Henry had surgery on Nov. 2. Since then, Tennessee has continued to play good football with D'Onta Foreman and Jermey McNichols filling in admirably for a hurt Henry. Alongside quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the Titans have posted a 5-3 record in Henry's absence and clinched the AFC South division title.
The Titans now set its sights on the Houston Texans (4-12) and a Week 18 matchup that could secure them the top spot in the AFC. With a win, the Titans will have a first round bye in the playoffs.
In a best case scenario for the Titans Henry would sit out the Texans game, the Titans would beat the Texans, and Henry would be ready to go in the first round of the playoffs after resting one more week.
Despite 'King Henry' not playing in a game since his injury in Week 8, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner still ranks near the top in numerous rushing categories.
Henry is sixth in rushing yards with 937 total. Henry is also tied for sixth in rushing touchdowns with 10. When it comes to long runs, Henry is tied for second in rushes over 40 yards.
If Henry would not have missed half the season, it is plausible to believe that the Alabama prodigy would have led the league in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns for the third year in a row.
Henry has been a workhorse for the Titans since they drafted him 45th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. According to Statmuse, since 2016, Henry has the most rushing touchdowns in the league with 65. He has racked up nearly 6,800 yards on the ground since his first game trailing only Ezekiel Elliott, who was taken as the fourth pick in the 2016 draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Elliott's first place stat comes with a caveat: the Cowboys running back has carried the ball 230 more times than Henry has over this stretch.
Henry's stats are remarkable even when he misses half a season. The Titans are hoping that the "King" does not miss much more time as its star running back may be the only boost Tennessee needs to make a run at Super Bowl LVI.