Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is confident he’ll be suiting up on Sunday.
As Tennessee Titans fans watched running back Derrick Henry gut out another great performance in Week 14 while dealing with a hamstring injury, there was some concern about his status for a crucial Week 15 showdown with the Houston Texans.
Well, Henry has pretty much put that concern to rest.
When asked about his Week 15 status for the game against the Houston Texans and if he’ll be at 100 percent, Henry’s response was short and sweet and to the point, per Erik Bacharach of the Tennesseean.
“I’ll be ready to go. On Sunday, I’ll be ready to go,” he said.
Henry also joked about the 24-yard run he notched against the Raiders in which it was obvious that he was slowed a bit by his injury, per Paul Kuharsky.
“I was just trying to be nice,” Henry said with a smile.
While Henry is better at less than 100 percent than most backs are at full strength, the concern remains that he’ll aggravate his injury during the game, forcing an early exit. Until he gets through Week 15 unscathed, the Titans faithful will be holding its collective breath after witnessing what happened last week.
Henry did not participate in practice on Wednesday, which was expected after head coach Mike Vrabel hinted the team would manage his reps in practice this week.
The Titans have been managing Henry’s injury for the past two weeks. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday before getting in a full practice on the Friday before the game against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13.
Last week, Henry did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but got in a full session on the Friday before the contest against the Raiders. We should expect more of the same this week, with the Titans just looking to get their best player healthy and ready to go for Sunday.
Over his last four games, Henry has been arguably the hottest running back in the NFL. The Alabama product has rushed for 599 yards and seven touchdowns in that span.
Henry’s importance to this offense comes in more ways than one, though. Because of his success, the Titans have been lights out when using play action, which has led to big plays and numbers for Ryan Tannehill and the Titans’ passing attack.