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Titans' Derrick Henry to undergo foot surgery, out indefinitely

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Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel on Monday said Derrick Henry will be having surgery Tuesday morning, but did not put a timetable on his return, after the surfacing of reports early Monday that the star running back suffered a potentially season-ending foot injury.

"I know that he'll do everything that he can to work himself back to be able to help this football team," Vrabel said. "Whenever that is, that's when it will be. I know that he'll be around our team as soon as he can. I know that it's important to him. I know that'll be important to our team.

"We'll have to move on without him in the short term and not look back."

According to the reports, the fear was that Henry sustained a Jones fracture, which is a break between the base and the middle part of the fifth metatarsal of the foot. Recovery can range from six to 12 weeks.

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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs the ball during overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs the ball during overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Henry appeared to suffer a right foot injury during the first quarter of the Colts game. Between the Titans' second and third drives of the game, the CBS broadcast showed the All-Pro running back receiving treatment on the sideline. He had his right cleat off and he was walking gingerly.

Henry returned to the game for the Titans' third series, finishing the game with 28 carries for 68 yards and no touchdowns. It marked his lowest yards per carry mark of the season (2.4).

Vrabel said the team found out after the game that his foot was going to be an issue. He added that there had been some thought internally about shutting him down during the game, but ultimately, after talking with Henry and the medical staff, the team felt fine about him continuing to play.

"I think we've always done what's best for the player," Vrabel said. "We never want to put a player in jeopardy to not be able to do his job or make anything worse.

"I check with the medical staff," Vrabel continued. "I check with the player. In this case it's Derrick. I'm going to give him a little bit of leeway. I think he's earned the right to help me make that decision, like we always do on his rest and recovery."

Henry leads the league in carries (219), rushing yards (937), rushing touchdowns (10), total touches (237) and yards from scrimmage (1,091). His dominant tear to start 2021 has had him in early conversation for MVP, an award which typically goes to quarterbacks.

The reigning AP Offensive Player of the Year, Henry last season became just the eight player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Derrick Henry injury: Titans RB's foot injury might be season ending