Every car that Derrick Henry has carried on his shoulder since 2019 finally caught up with him. The Titans running back suffered a foot injury during Week 8 of the 2021 NFL season that will put him out of action in the long run.
Henry suffered the injury at some point during the first quarter, although it is unclear on which play it occurred. He was seen limping on the touchline without the shoe, but returned to the game. He played 74 percent of the Titans’ plays, a number roughly on par with his season average, and there wasn’t much talk of his departure from the game.
However, there was a high level of concern for Henry on Monday morning. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his injury and once the results came in, it was revealed that Tennessee would be without him for quite some time.
Henry led the NFL in rushing, rushing and rushing touchdowns in 2019 and 2020. He was on track to do it again in 2021 and had a chance to become the first player to post consecutive 2,000-yard seasons. That is not possible anymore.
Here’s everything you need to know about Henry’s injury and what it means to the Titans.
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How long will Derrick Henry be gone?
Initial reports indicated that Henry would miss the remainder of the season for the Titans after undergoing surgery to repair his broken foot. However, coach Mike Vrabel seemed to believe that Henry would have a chance to return this year.
“We are not going to set a timetable on when he can return,” Vrabel told reporters. “I know that he will do everything he can to recover, to be able to help this football team. Whenever it is, it will be like this.”
“I know he will be close to our team as soon as he can. I know that is important to him. I know it will be important to our team. We will have to move on without him here in the short term and not look back.”
After, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Henry’s recovery time will likely be 6-10 weeks. That means he could return as early as Week 14, but should, hypothetically, return in the final week of the regular season if all goes well.
However, that doesn’t give Henry much leeway if he suffers a setback or recovers more slowly from surgery than anticipated. Its condition should be watched closely as the final weeks of the season approach, but don’t expect it to return until mid to late December at the earliest.
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What is Derrick Henry’s injury?
Henry suffered a broken foot in the Titans’ 34-31 win over the Colts. The fifth metatarsal of the foot was broken. The injury is known as a Jones fracture and will keep Henry out for 6 to 10 weeks.
It is unclear exactly when Henry was injured. It was in the early stages of the Titans’ victory, as he cautiously left the field in the first quarter and was seen limping on the Tennessee touchline without the studs. He would return to the game, but he only had 68 rushing yards on 28 carries.
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Timeline of Derrick Henry’s injury
– 31 October: Henry suffers an apparent foot injury against the Colts. He returns to the game, but accumulates 68 rushing yards on 28 carries for a season low of 2.4 yards per carry.
– 31 October: After the game, it is revealed that Henry will have an MRI to see his foot injury on Monday. Not much is said about these reports.
– November 1st: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Henry’s season could be in jeopardy as a result of his foot injury.
Titans running back Derrick Henry suffered a foot injury that could end the season during Sunday’s 34-31 win over Indianapolis, sources told ESPN. Henry is undergoing an MRI today to determine the full extent of the damage.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 1, 2021
– November 1st: Reports are circulating that the Titans will resolve veteran running back Adrian Peterson in Henry’s absence. They only have one healthy running back, Jeremy McNichols, on their list.
– November 1st: Mike Vrabel confirms that Henry will be sidelined for not giving an update on his schedule report. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that it will be roughly 6-10 weeks, so Henry will have a chance to come back if he doesn’t suffer a setback or it takes longer than expected to heal.
– November 1st: Henry is placed in IR by the Titans. This is no surprise considering you will miss six weeks of action, at the very least. He’s technically eligible to come back after three games on IR.
– November 2: The Titans officially sign Adrian Peterson and D’Onta Foreman to the practice team.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.