The Tennessee Titans workhorse running back Derrick Henry suffered a foot injury in their 27-24 OT victory against the Indianapolis Colts. Henry was not his usual self, running for 68 yards on 28 attempts for just an average of 2.4 yards per carry.
Henry was evaluated Monday morning and received an MRI. The diagnosis was not certain, but it was clear he will now probably be out for an extended period of time. There is no definite timetable, but many have speculated 6-10 weeks, with a possibility of a "season ending injury" tag as well.
Henry led the league in rushing yards at 937, and in rushing attempts at 219. He was on pace for another 2,000 yard season and had accumulated 10 rushing touchdowns in his first 7 games of the season.
Without Henry, the Titans will now look to recently signed Adrian Peterson, who is highly regarded as one of the greatest running backs of all time, to tame the backfield alongside Jeremy McNichols.
The 36 year old Peterson will look to continue his historic career, one in which he is 5th all time in rushing yards at 14,820, and 4th all time in rushing touchdowns at 118. He also recorded a 2,000 yard season in 2012, something Henry and himself share with just 6 others in NFL history.
Peterson will hit the practice squad before he gets the call up to the active roster, likely coming soon.
Peterson is a 7x Pro Bowler, a 4x All-Pro, and the 2012 MVP. His last 1,000 rushing yard season came in 2018 with the Washington Football Team and he most recently played for the Detroit Lions (2020).