Nov 2, 2021 - Sports
Derrick Henry needs foot surgery
Derrick Henry runs against the Colts on Sunday.
Derrick Henry runs against the Colts on Sunday. Photo: Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Titans superstar running back Derrick Henry is out six to 10 weeks with a foot injury he suffered early during Sunday's overtime win against the Colts.

Why it matters: Henry is a leading MVP candidate powering a Titans team that has ascended to the top of the AFC standings.

  • The Titans offense relies on Henry more than lower Broadway relies on White Claws and Fireball. Through eight games, he has the most carries in NFL history for a running back — 219 — and his rampaging runs have dominated the team's highlight reel.
  • Henry has nearly 300 more rushing yards than the second-leading rusher in the NFL — 937 yards compared to 649 for Indianapolis' Jonathan Taylor.

Driving the news: The revelation of Henry's injury washed over Titans fans on Monday morning, and his prognosis played out in real time on social media.

  • NFL beat reporters speculated the injury to his fifth metatarsal could be season-ending, until news broke that Henry will be sidelined for up to 10 weeks. There are 10 weeks, including the Titans' bye, left in the regular season.
  • Coach Mike Vrabel announced Henry will have surgery today and said, "we're not going to put a timeline on when he may return."

The intrigue: With two wins over the 3-5 Colts, the 6-2 Titans are in a strong position to win the meager AFC South even with Henry's extended absence.

State of play: General manager Jon Robinson wasted no time Monday in acquiring a fill-in running back, inking 36-year-old future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson to a practice squad deal.

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