Tennessee Titans fans take a deep breath.
Alright Tennessee Titans fans, breathe in…breathe out.
The report that we brought up last night (linked at the bottom of this page) is that Derrick Henry is in a walking boot. Obviously that meant that he probably wasn’t going to show up for practice today with it being the first full contact day.
It isn’t ideal, but honestly if Henry is healthy Week 1, will anyone really care about this or even remember it?
So fans assumed that Henry would be out today, but then this post-practice quote started going around:
Fans and media people see “no return date given” or “no timetable” and assume the worst and that the sky is falling.
I don’t think that is the case and in fact, I am almost a little more confident that Henry will be ok sooner rather than later now.
To support this look no further than Luke Worsham and Mike Herndon, who said this:
Have we not all learned that Vrabel isn’t going to tell us if a player is hurt or not? What we do know is that he is very cautious about injuries and that he always tried to give players as much time as he can to rest and heal up.
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On one of the “Bussin With the Boys” podcasts, it is brought up that he does that because he doesn’t want players to feel like they have to be rushed back and/or that he doesn’t want to set up unrealistic expectations.
If you showed me a seed and told me you were going to plant it and water it, I could tell you about how long it would take for that seed to grow. But what if there was a drought or a flood? What if the soil wasn’t as fertile as I thought?
The same thought process is true when you talk about healing the body, except everything is substantially more complex.
There are general guidelines, but what if Vrabel says he will be ready to play by the first week of the preseason and then he misses it? Now Henry either looks more fragile or like he isn’t doing all he can to get back on the field.
Long story short, Vrabel probably wasn’t going to give you a timetable unless the injury was very severe or unless he would be back the next day. I think all of this is much ado about nothing, but you might not hear many realistic takes like that so I wanted to get out in front of this as early as I could.