Titans ramp up for playoffs, Derrick Henry return

The Derrick Henry return ramps up this week with his anticipated activation for Saturday’s AFC Divisional Playoff game with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Henry, who has not played since breaking the fifth metartarsal bone in his right foot on Oct. 31 at Indianapolis, was designated to return from injured reserve to weeks ago. However, the Titans declined to activate him for the regular season finale in Houston where they locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC Playoffs.

Henry still finished ninth in the NFL in rushing with his 937 yards, and now the Titans are eager to get him back and trending toward playing. That will ramp up in earnest this week.

“This will be a big week of practice for us to continue to get Derrick back and get him out there and getting him acclimated to running the football and seeing blocking schemes and seeing where guys are and seeing where the cuts are,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.

Unlike the other AFC teams still alive in the postseason, the Titans are built around the run game, and the return of Henry, which should also be a big psychological boost for the team, only further emphasizes the run game and how everything else triggers from that.

“We’re gonna need to run the football. We’re gonna need to do that to be who we are and to be at our best and not be one dimensional,” Vrabel said…

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