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HOUSTON – The Tennessee Titans have refused to activate running back Derrick Henry for the finals of the regular season against the Houston Texans. Tennessee still expects Henry to be back in time for the playoffs, a team source told ESPN.
“We have some time to make that decision and we will evaluate where we are,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Friday. “But I think he looked good. We keep track of his speed and his mileage and volume and see how he reacts. I’m fine with where he is.”
The Titans designated Henry to return to training from injured reserve on Tuesday and attended training on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The appointment opened a 21-day window for Henry to be added to the 53-man active list.
Henry was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 1 due to a broken foot he sustained in the team’s 34-31 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8. Despite missing eight games, Henry’s 937 rushing yards ranks sixth among all running backs this season. He was the NFL’s leading rusher when he was injured.
Tennessee went on a committee approach to replace Henry with D’Onta Foremans (497 rushing yards) leading since Henry went down. The Titans have a record of 5-3 in the eight games Henry has been out of.
The Titans can win the top seed in the AFC with a win over the Texans on Sunday.
In other moves, the Titans released Jeremy McNichols from the active roster and lifted Jordan Wilkins from the training team.