NFL leading rusher Derrick Henry broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot and will undergo an MRI exam to determine whether the Tennessee Titans must move forward without him this season, per multiple reports.
FOX Sports reported Henry would have tests Monday that will determine whether surgery is needed or recovery is possible without an operation. If he requires surgery, Henry would likely miss 8-12 weeks.
“We’ll see where he’s at and evaluate,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Sunday, when the team didn’t make Henry available postgame due to treatment.
Non-surgical healing in a protective boot is possible depending on the displacement of the broken bone.
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NFL Network reported that the team will work out future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson this week.
The 36-year-old played in 16 games (10 starts) in 2020 for the Detroit Lions but has not suited up this season. He rushed for 604 yards with seven touchdowns for the Lions. He has 14,820 rushing yards for his career, fifth all time on the NFL rushing list.
Multiple running backs are expected to be invited to the Tuesday workout, per reports, which falls on the same day as the NFL trade deadline. Buccaneers backup Ronald Jones is reportedly being shopped and could interest the Titans if the price is right.
Henry leads the NFL in carries (219), rushing yards (937) and rushing touchdowns (10).
He injured his foot in the first quarter at Indianapolis and attempted to play through the pain, finishing the game with 29 carries for 68 yards.
Henry had 139 carries in the team’s five games in October, an excessive workload by comparison in the pass-heavy NFL.
The Titans have won four consecutive games. Tennessee outlasted the Colts in overtime to improve to 6-2 and lead the AFC South division entering Week 9. Tennessee plays at Los Angeles and the 7-1 Rams this week.
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