The Tennessee Titans are preparing for Saturday’s Divisional Round matchup with Joe Burrow and the streaking Cincinnati Bengals. In what should be a terrific game, the Titans are crossing their fingers in hopes of getting star running back Derrick Henry on the field once again.
Henry has been ramping up his reps in practice and is expected to be ready to go. However, Henry appeared to tease his presumed return ahead of Saturday’s game.
Derrick Henry teases his return ahead of huge Titans-Bengals clash
During Wednesday’s practice, Henry seemed to be moving around pretty well. After being out since Halloween, the Titans have been hoping for Henry to be back on the field for the playoff stretch.
Now, here he is. King Henry, No. 22, whatever you want to call him.
Henry gave a tongue-in-cheek answer when asked about his availability for Saturday.
He dropped a smile, so that should say everything about him playing against the Bengals.
If Henry doesn’t play, that would be a stunning move and detrimental for the Titans.
All signs point to Henry returning against the Bengals, but to what extent?
All signs point to Henry returning for the Titans matchup with the Bengals. He has been practicing, moving around rather well, and Henry himself gave away his status with a smirk.
However, the question is how much will Henry play?
He hasn’t played since the end of October, and rust could be a factor. There is no denying his importance to the Titans, and Vrable and the offensive staff might need to hold him to a pitch count.
The hope is that Henry gets the full-blown green light, registers his 20-plus carries, and leads the Titans to an AFC title game.
But, questions remain, and we might not have any idea until Saturday comes along.
The Bengals are no easy task for the top seed in the AFC
The Titans earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC and home-field advantage throughout. Even without Henry for the last chunk of the season, they were able to secure the top seed — and that could be a difference-maker.
But, the Bengals are no easy task at all. The Joe Burrow-Ja’Marr Chase duo has been electric all season long, and the rookie wide receiver posted 116 yards on nine catches against the Las Vegas Raiders in the Wild Card round.
Joe Mixon, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd are other weapons on this Cincinnati offense, so there is no denying that the Titans’ defense has a difficult task ahead of them.
Getting Henry back will be rejuvenating for the Titans, and if they can lean on him and the ground game, it could severely thwart the Bengals from building up any offensive rhythm.
Bengals vs. Titans should be a good one, and Henry appears to be ready to roll for the top seed in the AFC.
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