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Derrick Henry returned to practice for Titans and is close to coming off injured reserve

Derrick Henry celebrates big win for Titans in 2020
Christopher Hanewinckel - USA Today Sports

The Tennessee Titans have the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff picture, and it received great news.

Derrick Henry returned to practice on Wednesday after missing two months. 

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He sustained a foot injury on Oct. 31, 2021.

Tennessee earned a 34-31 victory in overtime against the Colts, and Henry totaled 68 yards rushing on 28 carries. He guided the Titans to a 6-2 record in its first eight games, but the team is 5-3 without him. Henry looked strong in different drills, especially his footwork making cuts through bags and between cans.

He is inching closer to being activated off injured reserve.

Tennessee is 11-5 on the season and has earned back-to-back AFC South Division titles for the first time in its history. Henry remains in the top-10 for running backs in the NFL for carries (219, tied for sixth), yards (937, sixth), and touchdowns (10, tied for sixth). The 6-foot-3, 247-pounder has five 100-yard rushing games, including two 150+ yard performances.

He totals three games with 130+ yards rushing and three touchdowns. Henry is 63 yards from his fourth 1,000-yard rushing season since 2018.

Tennessee has managed well without him, but it is thrilled to have Henry back.

He looks to help the Titans make a push for the Super Bowl.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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