No one is really sure exactly when the injury occurred, though Henry did leave the game briefly in the first quarter with an apparent right foot injury.
Henry returned to the field on the next offensive possession, allaying concerns (at least temporarily) that this injury was a serious one. He went on to carry the ball 28 times, including 3 overtime carries, in the win. While Henry did not speak to the media after the game due to treatment he was receiving for his injury, his return to the game and the retention of his usual heavy workload seemed to indicate that he was expected to be available moving forward.
Recent reports indicate that Henry may have broken the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. However, the full extent of the injury is not yet known. Henry will be undergoing an MRI on Monday to further assess the damage.
If Derrick Henry were to miss time, he would leave a rather large hole to be filled in the offensive game plan of the Tennessee Titans. Henry led the league in rushing last season with over 2,000 rushing yards, which is the fifth highest single season rushing total in the history of the NFL. So far this season, Henry is leading the league in rushing attempts (219), rushing yards (937), and rushing touchdowns (10). He also leads the league in yards from scrimmage (1,091) and touches (237), and he is tied for the most total touchdowns (10) with Cooper Kupp.
Previously, the favorite to take over the lead role in the Tennessee backfield may have been a little more unclear, as both Darryton Evans and Jeremy McNichols figured to work into the mix in some way. The Titans spent a third round draft pick on Darrynton Evans in the 2020 draft, but Evans was just placed on season-ending IR. Currently, Jeremy McNichols appears to be in-line for the majority of touches as the last man standing. McNichols, who has been in the league since 2017, has turned 56 career rushing attempts into 246 yards and 1 touchdown. He has also added 33 receptions for 258 yards and 1 touchdown.
While McNichols currently seems like the favorite to lead the Tennessee Titans’ backfield, it is worth noting that the NFL trade deadline is tomorrow, November 2nd. It would not come as a great surprise to see Tennessee make a move to add backfield depth or even a starting running back. They are one team to keep a close eye on as the deadline approaches.
For now, the Tennessee Titans will be joined by the NFL community at large as they all hold their breath and wait for the results of Derrick Henry’s MRI.
This story will be updated as new developments occur.
The Titans are reportedly considering signing a running back from the free agent pool, with Adrian Peterson’s name being mentioned specifically.
Derrick Henry is expected to have surgery on his foot tomorrow, November 2nd. The timeline for his recovery is currently estimated to be between 6 and 10 weeks.
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