Derrick Henry was able to return to practice this week but will need more time before he can get back on the field.
The Titans announced that they didn’t activate their All-Pro back on Saturday. He will therefore not be playing against the Texans in Week 18. Henry was activated from injured reserve Wednesday. This marked the beginning of a 21 day window during which he must return to play in the postseason.
Henry’s target range was set for this after he suffered a Jones fracture to his foot in Week 8. The recovery process took 6-10 weeks. Henry could be back in Tennessee’s playoff opener.
His teammates and he will each have an extra week to prepare if the Titans (11-0) beat the Texans. If they do, it would clinch AFC’s top seeds and the lone conference bye. D’Onta Foreman, Henry’s replacement, will continue to be the backfield’s mainstay. He has now rushed for over 100 yards in each of the five previous games, a career high. Henry was in the midst a historic campaign and Henry had to leave. Henry’s contribution has been crucial.
Henry’s 937 yards of rushing in eight games ranks him sixth in the NFL this year.