Derrick Henry Injury Update: When Will The Titans RB Return?

Written By Matt Burke on January 21, 2022

The most significant NFL injury of the year involves Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry, who suffered a Jones fracture on Halloween. Daily fantasy football players and Titans fans are starved for an update on the star RB and are asking when will Derrick Henry be back and return to the playing field. We will look at how long Henry will be out below and provide a time table on when he could potentially be back.

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When will Derrick Henry be back, return to the Titans?

Update: The Titans plan to activate Derrick Henry for Saturday’s playoff game against the Bengals and he is expected to start, according to ESPN’s Turron Davenport.

The Titans placed Henry on injured reserve back on Nov. 1. Henry was technically eligible to return from IR at the end of November but he has not yet been healthy enough to return. So when will Derrick Henry be back and return to the Titans lineup?

Henry returned to practice with the Titans last week and is expected to play in the Divisional Round against the Bengals, though the Titans have not yet activated him.

Henry participated in contact practice this week and the Titans will make a decision Friday on whether or not he will play against the Bengals.

“It’s been awhile since he’s had contact,” Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said. “We’re going to have to do these things that come close to replicating what’s going to be asked of him in a football game. We’ll have a week of work, we’ll see how he feels and make a decision.”

Tennessee clinched the top overall seed in the AFC with a win over the Texans in Week 18.

Henry has a Jones fracture, which is a break between the base and the shaft of the fifth metatarsal bone of your foot. It is the bone on the outside of your foot, connected to your smallest toe, according to

Recovery time after Jones fracture surgery is “seven weeks or less,” according to The site says that people who undergo Jones fracture surgery may have to keep weight off the injured foot for up to six weeks.

A return in the Divisional Round would be 12 weeks from when the injury occurred.

Titans odds

The Titans own one of the top records in the AFC and are a legit contender even without the services of the beast that wears No. 22. Mike Vrabel’s squad is +850 to win the Super Bowl at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Derrick Henry props

Henry had a season long rushing yard total of 1555.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook in August. The reigning rush king had already amassed 937 yards on the ground before he went down with the injury.

With Henry on the shelf, the Titans have been rolling with D’Onta Foreman at RB.

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Matt Burke is the Sports Editor and Head of Evergreen/SEO Content at He is the Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) from 2014-2020. Matt has covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, and his work has appeared for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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