Derrick Henry Has To Keep Carrying The Rock, The Titans With Injured Receivers

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry seems to be carrying the weight of the team as the Titans have 16 players currently on injured reserve and had 23 on the final injury report last week.

The 2020 AP Offensive Player of the Year is leading the NFL with 640 yards rushing and atop the league with 142 carries and seven touchdowns. The 27-year-old scored three more in a 37-19 win in Jacksonville, the Associated Press reports.

“Derrick understands what his responsibility is to this football team and how to prepare,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Monday when asked if he’s concerned about Henry’s workload.

Vrabel said Henry’s performance often improves down the stretch in games when the Titan’s running game wears down opponents.

“We just have to try to be as smart as we can with recovery and how it’s going in the game and how he feels,” Vrabel said. “Then there’s a fine line there between knowing what he needs and the impact he has throughout the course of the game.”

The Titans (3-2) will face the Buffalo Bills (4-1) on Monday at Nissan Stadium next with kickoff set for 7:15 p.m. CDT.

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