The Tennessee Titans are hoping to have star running back Derrick Henry in the lineup when they host the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC divisional playoffs this Saturday.
Henry has not played since breaking his foot in Week 8, but the two-time defending rushing champion has practiced this week and is trending toward playing. While the Titans have not activated Henry yet, NFL Films' Greg Cosell said he heard the team is planning to give him a heavy workload against the Bengals.
On Thursday, Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown was asked what having Henry back in the lineup would mean to a team that is the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
“It definitely gives us some confidence,” Brown said,
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">via Turron Davenport of ESPN. “He’s a tremendous player. In my opinion, I think he’s the best running back in the game. So just having him back and just having that confidence of him around that at any moment, he can go for 70 [yards]. So that gives us confidence. We’re excited.”
At the time of his injury, Henry was leading the NFL in rushing yards with 937 and had scored 10 touchdowns on the ground. If he's truly ready to carry the load, it is a massive boost for the Tennessee offense.
The Titans and Bengals will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday on CBS.