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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Help may soon be on its way to the Tennessee Titans in the form of returning Derrick Henry.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Monday that the team has discussed Henry being appointed to return from injured reserve this week, which would allow him to train.
“We’ve discussed it,” Vrabel said. “We’ll see where it ends up. He [Henry] doing some work today and we’ll see when that window opens and probably make a decision in the middle of the week. “
The Titans will have a 21-day training window to activate Henry once he is appointed to return to training. ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported Sunday that Henry was on the training ground last week jogging in cleats. Henry broke his foot early in the Titans’ 34-31 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8. He underwent foot surgery on November 1st. The injury typically has a recovery time of six to ten weeks.
Henry’s 219 carries for 937 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns at the time of his injury led the NFL in each category. Despite missing eight games, Henry is currently in sixth place in rushing and is a draw with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts for sixth rushing touchdowns.
Tennessee has gone to a committee of backs led by D’Onta Foreman, who has 112 carries for 437 yards and three touchdowns in eight games. The Titans are currently top-seeded in the AFC and could gain home advantage with a win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
The Titans have no concrete plans to play against Henry in Week 18. But there is a belief in the building that he will be back in time for the playoffs, especially if they get the first round goodbye.
Vrabel also said Monday that tight-end MyCole Pruitt will be out for an extended period. Vrabel added that Pruitt will have surgery on his ankle on Monday.
Pruitt sustained a gruesome ankle injury as he was rolled on in a pile late in the Titans’ 34-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday. For the season, Pruitt has 14 receptions at 145 yards and three touchdowns.
Vrabel said the Titans will look at all options to replace Pruitt, including Geoff Swaim, Anthony Firkser and training team tight-end Austin Fort.
The Titans placed Pruitt on injured reserve on Monday and activated three players from the reserve / COVID-19 list: wide receiver Julio Jones, linebacker Jayon Brown and offensive lineman Kendall Lamm.