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Titans designate star running back Derrick Henry from injured reserve

Heading into the regular-season finale, the Tennessee Titans sit in the driver seat to secure a first-round playoff bye.

The Titans received more encouraging news before Sunday’s game as star running back Derrick Henry was activated to return to practice from the injured reserve, according to ESPN.

Henry hasn’t played since the team’s Week 8 win over the Indianapolis Colts due to a fractured foot. The Titans have closely monitored the situation as he went through workouts last week.


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The Titans possess a 21-day window now where they can put him back onto the active 53-man roster. He could play in Week 18 action, which Tennessee will let his participation in this week’s practice dictate his availability.

The team could also go the route of keeping him off the field and bringing him back for the playoffs. If the Titans secure the first-round playoff bye, it will give him more time to get his body prepared.

Before the injury, Henry was on pace for another incredible campaign as he led the league by a wide margin with 937 rushing yards. Despite missing the last eight contests, he sits in the sixth spot among all running backs.

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In his absence, the team has moved forward with the collective approach in the running game. D’Onta Foreman has garnered a bigger bulk of the workload as he has 497 rushing yards since Henry’s injury, while the team holds a 5-3 record without the Pro Bowler.

Although he doesn’t have a firm return date, Tennessee will have their primary offensive weapon back in time for the playoffs.

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