Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel spoke to the media following Friday’s practice, answering the public’s most asked question, What is Derrick Henry’s status? Vrabel fielded questions ahead of the Titans’ date with the Houston Texans this Sunday, a matchup the Titans need to win in order to lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and most importantly, secure a much-needed bye week in the NFL Playoffs.
After videos emerged of Derrick Henry’s return to practice on Wednesday, questions were immediately raised about Henry’s potential availability for the regular season finale against Houston.
However the question lingers about whether Henry has shown enough in practice to be activated off of the injured reserve list where Vrabel had this to say:
“We have some time to make that decision and we will evaluate where we are at, but I think that he looked good. We continue to track his speed and his mileage and volume and see how he responds,” Vrabel said. “[He has had] two days on the turf, we will see where he is at tomorrow and see how he responds, I feel good about where he is at.”
Mike Vrabel on Derrick Henry: We have some time to make that decision. He looked good. We continue to track his speed and mileage and volume. We'll see where he's at tomorrow and how he responds. #Titans
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) January 7, 2022
Vrabel is known to keep his cards close to his vest when it comes to the health of his players, and the status of his premier is no different. Speculation on his return date has swirled for the past nine weeks as Henry has been on Injured Reserve after suffering a Jones Fracture against the Indianapolis Colts in Week Eight.
Henry’s success against the Texans is well-documented. Through 10 games against Houston, he has averaged 103.5 yards per game on an incredibly efficient 6.09 yards per carry.
Derrick Henry owns the Texans pic.twitter.com/yYXRmFIUR1
— Jacob Bowman (@BowmanTalksNFL) January 7, 2022
It was just over one year ago when Henry rushed for 250 yards on 34 carries with two touchdowns. That performance was enough for the Titans running back to become the eighth player in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season.
Whether he makes his highly anticipated return Sunday or in the Titans’ first playoff game, the stage is set for it to be a “must-see” event.
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