On Monday, November 1st, 2021 the Tennessee Titans announced that their superstar veteran running back and NFL rushing leader, Derrick Henry, will undergo mid – season surgery on his right foot on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 to repair damages on his foot that Henry endured last Sunday in the Tennessee Titans’ game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Tennessee Titans ended up winning that highly – competitive contest in overtime versus the Indianapolis Colts with a final score of 34 to 31.
Possible Return Timetable for Derrick Henry
The strongest and most powerful rusher in the National Football League will miss at the very least approximately 6 weeks or so following the surgical procedure on his right foot this week. Henry may be possibly sidelined anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks while he recovers from the foot injury that he suffered last Sunday afternoon against the Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
This means that Derrick will miss the remainder of the Tennessee Titans’ 2021 – 2022 NFL regular season, and possibly their postseason run this season if the Tennessee Titans end up making the 2021 – 2022 NFL playoffs in a high – contested AFC this year so far. At the moment the Tennessee Titans have compiled an over record of 6 and 2, and they are currently sitting in 1st place in the AFC South division of the National Football League.
Unfortunately, Henry will not be able to help his team through the difficult match – ups coming up such as the Tennessee Titans’ road game vs. the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday, November 7th, 2021 on Sunday Night Football as well as their battle at home with the New Orleans Saints the following week on Sunday, November 14th, 2021.
The Tennessee Titans are hopeful that Derrick can possibly return sometime around the start of the 2021 – 2022 NFL playoffs if he heals up fast and is ready to go by then. Some analysts are predicting that Henry will be lost for rest of the season entirely due to this right foot injury that now requires surgery to repair.
Replacing Derrick Henry on the Tennessee Titans’ Team Roster
In order for the Tennessee Titans to fill the enormous void that losing Henry at running back has caused them, the Tennessee Titans wasted no time in signing and bringing in a big – name proven veteran running back to help their depth chart at the running back position. On Monday, November 1st, 2021 the Tennessee Titans signed one of the NFL’s greatest of all – time rushers in Adrian Peterson.
Presently, Peterson is the 5th highest overall rusher in the history of the National Football League with 14,820 career rushing yards. The 36 – year – old running back last appeared in an NFL game last season while with the Detroit Lions. Last year with Detroit, Peterson racked up a total of 604 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns on 156 carries for the Lions which was good for 3.9 rushing yards per attempt last season.
Hopefully Adrian can help the Tennessee Titans stay tough and competitive in the AFC throughout the long absence of Derrick Henry at the running back position. It will be hard to match Henry’s NFL leading 937 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns through week 8 of the 2021 – 2022 season of the National Football League.
Other Running Backs on the Tennessee Titans’ Offensive Depth Chart
Now that Henry will miss extended time (6 – 10 weeks) with his foot injury / surgery as well as the Tennessee Titans’ back – up running back, Darrynton Evans, also placed on the injured reserve list as of last week, the Tennessee Titans only have running backs Jeremy McNichols and Dontrell Hilliard on their active 53 – man roster as of now. Adrian Peterson was initially signed to the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad, but Peterson is expected to be added to the Tennessee Titans’ 53 – man active roster eventually and most likely sooner than later.
“Whenever that is, that’s when it’ll be,” the head coach of the Tennessee Titans Mike Vrabel expressed. “I know that he’ll be around our team as soon as he can. I know that’s important to him. I know that’ll be important to our team. We will have to move on. We’ll have to move on, unfortunately, without him here in the short term and not look back.”
Vrabel goes on to say, "If anybody can come back, it would be Derrick."
Derrick Henry’s Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2020)
- NFL’s First - Team All - Pro (2020)
- NFL’s Second - Team All - Pro (2019)
- 2 – Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2019 & 2020)
- 2 – Time NFL Rushing Yards Leader (2019 & 2020)
- 2 – Time NFL Rushing Touchdowns Leader (2019 & 2020)
- NFL’s 2,000 - Yard Club (2020)
- CFP National Champion (2015)
- Heisman Trophy Award (2015)
- Maxwell Award (2015)
- Doak Walker Award (2015)
- Walter Camp Award (2015)
- Unanimous All - American (2015)
- SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2015)
- First - Team All - SEC (2015)
- All - Time High School Football Rushing Leader
- Yulee Hornets Number 2 Retired
- USA Today High School All - American (2012)
- Florida's Mr. Football (2012)
- NFL records
- 99 - Yard Rushing Touchdown (tied with Tony Dorsett)
“Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry to undergo foot surgery; no timetable for return”, espn.com, November 1, 2021.
“Derrick Henry”, pro-football-reference.com, November 2, 2021.
“Tennessee Titans NFL – Titans News, Scores, Stats, Rumors, & More”, espn.com, November 2, 2021.
“Adrian Peterson”, pro-football-reference.com, November 2, 2021.