Reports floated around throughout the past week that the Tennessee Titans could activate running back Derrick Henry for return this week against the Houston Texans. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Fortunately, the star RB returned to practice and looks to be on track for a postseason return.
Head Coach Mike Vrabel revealed that they are being patient with their running back coming off a serious injury. They won’t rush his return.
A source said the #Titans were not close to activating Derrick Henry. HC Mike Vrabel to me: “If he was ready to play, we would put him out there. We’re going to continue to work and practice…That’s why they have a 21 day window. He just wasn’t ready to come back. That simple.”
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) January 9, 2022
It is undoubtedly the right decision, too. The Titans should be able to take care of business against Houston in the final week of the season with or without Henry. More importantly, they absolutely cannot risk re-injury for Henry. Rushing him back would only raise that risk.
The Titans have bigger fish to fry going forward, so being conservative with their best player is what has to be at the forefront. A win this week secures the top seed in the AFC as well as a first-round bye in the playoffs for Tennessee. That would give “The King” even more time to rest and recover.
Accordingly, expect the Titans to play their starters plenty in this final regular-season game. Hopefully, they can get out to a big lead early and be able to take out their top talent to prevent any major injuries.
Derrick Henry was not ready to return this week. If that means he can get back to 100% for the postseason, it was the only option for the Titans.