“It is over. The Tennessee Titans. Their season, as far as I’m concerned, is finished.” -Stephen A. Smith
On October 31, 2021, Derrick Henry rushed for a mere 68 yards in the second victory against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8. The Titans have swept the Colts, a team that has had Tennessee’s number for many years prior. Such a sweet victory for Tennessee turns into tragedy the following morning.
Derrick Henry fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, a potential season-ending injury; this is an injury with estimated recovery time being 6 to 10 weeks. In addition to Titans fans, NFL Media was up in arms over the loss. Titans’ fans were taking the hit like a punch in the gut. Many, like Stephen A. Smith, claimed the Tennessee Titans’ season is finished. Their total offense is believed to be designed around Henry and that without him they have no one.
In Week 9, the Titans travelled to LA to face the Rams in a Sunday Night Football showdown. The Rams were red hot to start the season, with a 7-1 record going into the night. However, Big Jeffrey Simmons and the defense around him had other plans, besting the Rams 28-16. The following weekend, the New Orleans Saints came into Nashville and the Titans sent them home with another big L. Two statement games played to prove that the Titans are worth more than just one player.
Prior to his injury, Henry was on pace to rush for 2,110 yards this season. The current record is 2,105 set by Eric Dickerson in 1984 with only 14 touchdowns. Henry was progressing to record 24 touchdowns in 2021. In 2020, Henry rushed for 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns, becoming one of only eight players to eclipse a 2,000-yard season.
Less than a month following his injury, Dianna Rusini reports that Derrick Henry may return to play in early January, earlier than originally projected. The Titans play their regular season finale in Houston on January 9.
A Very Merry Henuary
On January 1, 2022, Derrick Henry is working out at full speed at the Titans’ practice facility. Per sources, he is on track to be available for the playoffs. As it stands today, the Titans sit atop the AFC. After winning their division on January 2, the boys in two-tone blue may have given King Henry another week of rest before the playoffs with a first-round BYE.
At 11:32 am January 5, 2022, Derrick Henry is designated to return from the Injured Reserve. With only 63 yards short of 1000, Henry is ready to come back at full force.
Winter is coming, and the King is ready to take the world by storm.