NASHVILLE, Tennessee – NFL leader Derrick Henry is due to undergo surgery on his injured right foot on Tuesday morning, and coach Mike Vrabel said the Tennessee Titans will not put a timeline on when he will return.
Henry had tests Monday to check the severity of the injury after finishing Sunday’s 34-31 overtime win in Indianapolis.
Vrabel said he knows Henry will do anything to work his way back to help the Titans (6-2).
“When it is, then it is, when it becomes,” Vrabel said. “I know he will be around our team as soon as he can. I know it’s important to him. I know it’s going to be important to our team. We have to move on. We have to to move on, unfortunately without him here in the short term and not look back. “
Sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Henry is expected to miss the rest of the season. Adrian Peterson, 36, who is fifth on the league’s career rushing list, will initially be signed to the Titans’ training team with the expectation that he will be added to the active list, a source told Schefter.
Later Monday, the Titans placed Henry on injured reserve, which opened up a roster spot on their 53-man roster.
Last week, the Titans placed backup runback Darrynton Evans on injured reserve and lost him for the season to a knee injury. The Titans also have running backs Jeremy McNichols and Dontrell Hilliard on the list.
Henry, the two-time NFL champion, went on the bench early in Sunday’s game. He was shown on TV with his right shoe off and talking to coaches with 6 minutes, 3 seconds left in the first quarter before returning. Henry finished with 28 carries for 68 yards and an average of 2.4 yards, which was his lowest this season. He played 54 of the 73 offensive snaps.
The 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year did not speak to reporters after the game.
Henry leads the NFL with 937 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. He also has a league-high 219 rushes, well ahead of second-place rusher Joe Mixon of Cincinnati (137).
Henry is the biggest reason the Titans own the AFC’s best record, having won four in a row.
“If anyone can come back, it would be Derrick,” Vrabel said.
Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdown passes on Sunday against the Colts to reach 10 passing TDs this season. Henry had his 10 TD races through the first seven games.
The Titans visit the Los Angeles Rams (7-1) Sunday night.
Henry became the eighth man in NFL history to run at least 2,000 yards last season, with 2,027 yards at a career-high 378 carries. The winner of the Heisman Trophy in 2015 and the two-time Pro Bowl running back had a total of 386 tournaments in the 2019 season and playoffs.
The Titans are number four in the NFL in rushing yards per game, averaging 147.6 yards. It has helped them in second place in the league in possession time per. match – they have an average of 32 minutes, 49 seconds.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.