The Tennesee Titans rested up on their bye week but now it’s time to get back in action. They welcome the Cincinnati Bengals to town for a Divisional Round showdown on Saturday.
The question on everyone’s mind — will Derrick Henry play? — has yet to be answered. Henry, a two-time rushing leader, suffered a foot injury in Week 8 and has been sidelined ever since. The Titans have thrived without him but his dominance on the ground brings an added element to the Tennessee offense — one that would be extra valuable in the playoffs.
Head coach Mike Vrabel spoke to the media about getting Tennessee’s superstar back into the swing of things, including getting him used to contact again. A final decision on Henry’s status for this week is expected to come on Friday, according to ESPN’s Turron Davenport:
Henry responded well to the contact in practice — a key checkpoint in his recovery process. But the Titans want to see him participate in the rest of the practices this week before they decide to activate him, Vrabel said Tuesday.
Their decision is expected to be made Friday ahead of Saturday’s game.
“It has been a while since he has had contact,” Vrabel said. “We will have a week of work, see how he feels, and make a decision.”
Henry said that he is happy to be back in action.
.@KingHenry_2: I’m happy to be back playing football. @Titans pic.twitter.com/2riFlXBvJU
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 19, 2022
Although the Titans performed well without Henry, they will need all the offensive firepower they can get to keep up with Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and the Bengals’ high-powered offense.