Titans Won’t Play Derrick Henry in Preseason Says Coach Mike Vrabel

Running back Derrick Henry (22) with the Tennessee Titans
Running back Derrick Henry (22) with the Tennessee Titans in 2020. Photo by Dave Shopland/BPI/Shutterstock (10516566bh)

The Tennessee Titans decided to be cautious with the way they bring their star back Derrick Henry back to action from a right foot fracture. According to the team’s head coach Mike Vrabel, while Henry is set to be a full participant in training camp, the 28-year-old player won’t be featured in preseason games this year.

“I wouldn’t anticipate seeing Derrick in the preseason games,” said Vrabel during a press conference on Thursday.

Vrabel also added that the Titans intend to modify their approach to Henry’s practice regimen and try a few “different things.”

Derrick Henry started the 2021 season red-hot, rushing for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns in the first eight weeks of the campaign. Unfortunately, he suffered a Jones fracture in his foot during the Week 8 clash against the Indianapolis Colts and was sidelined for the remainder of the season. When the injury occurred, Henry led the league in carries, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns while also being on pace to break the NFL’s single-season rushing record.

Despite not being fully recovered, Henry returned to the field for the Divisional Round game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He finished the contest with 62 yards on the ground and a TD but couldn’t help the Titans avoid a 19-16 defeat.

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