Derrick Henry Suffers Potential Season-Ending Injury
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, who is currently on pace for his third consecutive rushing title and second consecutive 2,000 yard season, suffered a foot injury in Tennessee's overtime win over Indianapolis, per a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter on Twitter.
The sixth-year back currently has over 900 rushing yards through just eight games and had shown no sign of slowing down until early against the Colts. Midway through the first quarter of Sunday's matchup, following a short run, Henry appeared to receive medical attention on the sideline for what looked like his foot; however, he swiftly returned to the game just a few plays later.
Finishing the game, Henry lacked his trademark power and speed and was tackled at or near the line of scrimmage on many of his following attempts. Whether or not the decision to play the remainder of Sunday's game has any effect on the severity of Henry's injury has yet to be revealed, but with a Jones fracture being the most widely speculated injury, the outlook on returning this season is unlikely.
With the average recovery time on a Jones fracture ranging anywhere from 6-10 weeks, if it is confirmed, Henry's season will effectively be over, and with that, likely the Titans' as well.
Henry's unique skillset is the engine that makes Tennessee's offense drive, and replacing what he can do is impossible. Reviewing their options at trying to recoup some of Henry's production, the Titans are reportedly bringing in veteran running back Adrian Peterson, who at one time, dominated the NFL much like Henry does now.
Although much older than when he cemented himself among the greats, Peterson has remained in shape and most recently played for the Lions in 2020, finishing the season with 156 carries for 604 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Titans, who have relied more heavily on Henry this season than ever before, will be forced to find a new offensive identity without their biggest weapon. Julio Jones has yet find his rhythm through in the new offense through eight games, but can he step up for his team down the stretch and be what many Titans fans expected?