Derrick Henry injury updates: The latest on Titans RB’s Week 17 status
Follow this tracker for all the latest updates on Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry’s Week 17 status.
After playing through a hamstring injury the two weeks prior, the Tennessee Titans decided to rest Derrick Henry in Week 16 against the New Orleans Saints after a win would no longer give the team a shot to win the AFC South once the Houston Texans clinched on Saturday.
The Titans are hoping the week off will give Henry a chance to be at 100 percent for a “win or in” Week 17 game against Houston. While ESPN’s Adam Schefter has already reported that Henry is expected to play, his status is still worth monitoring.
Follow along with this tracker for all the latest updates, which will be posted below on a daily basis.
Henry logged another full practice on Friday and is good to go for Sunday.
End of Friday updates
Henry was listed as a full participant in Thursday’s practice.
Prior to practice on Thursday, head coach Mike Vrabel said Henry looked good during the team’s walk-through on Tuesday.
We’ll see what Henry’s participation in practice will be later today. He was listed as a full participant on the team’s estimated injury report from Wednesday.
End of Thursday updates
The Titans did not hold practice on Wednesday, but did release an estimated injury report and Henry was listed as a full participant.
Tennessee will hold a real practice on Thursday.
End of Tuesday updates
The Titans held practice on Tuesday in order to give players off on Wednesday for Christmas, but the practice was just a light walk-through instead of a full practice. Henry was present for it, though.
Tennessee will release an estimated injury report on Wednesday. The next full practice will be on Thursday, so we’ll have a better update on Henry’s practice participation then.
End of Tuesday updates
After the loss to the Saints, head coach Mike Vrabel explained his decision to sit Henry, per Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.
"“That was an organizational decision that we thought was best for the football team,” Vrabel said of Henry.“I fully understand with the toll and rigor. You can only hope that it would help and that is why we made the decision that we made.”"
Henry has been sensational for the Titans in 2019. He has posted career-highs with 1,329 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, and currently sits third in the NFL in rushing yards. He was also selected to his first Pro Bowl this year.
On top of his overall production, the Titans’ play-action passing game thrives when Henry is ripping off chunks of yards, which has been a big key to success for Ryan Tannehill and Co.
Henry is scheduled to become a free agent in 2020, and while contract talks haven’t begun between he and the Titans, the team would be crazy not to bring him back in some fashion, whether that be with a new contract or a tag.