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Mike Vrabel: 'Big week of practice' for Derrick Henry ahead of Titans' matchup vs. Bengals

1/18/2022 4:16:06 PM
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Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Monday that there is a "big week" of practice is ahead for Tennessee Titans star running back Derrick Henry, Ben Arthur of the Tennessean reports.

The Titans  will look for Henry to get acclimated running the ball again in practice Tuesday through Thursday ahead of Saturday’s AFC divisional-round game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Nissan Stadium (3:30 p.m. CT, CBS). 

Henry, who remains on injured reserve with a foot injury, is expected to be activated ahead of the contest. The reigning offensive player of the year had 219 carries for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games this season.

“It’s going to be a big week of practice for us to continue to get Derrick back out there and get him acclimated to running the football and to seeing blocking schemes and seeing where guys are and to see where the cuts are.” 

With or without Henry, Vrabel stressed that the Titans’ priority against the Bengals is running the ball.

Cincinnati has the league's fifth-rated run defense, but it placed starting defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi on season-ending injured reserve Monday with a foot injury and standout defensive end Trey Hendrickson is currently in concussion protocol. 

“We’re going to need to run the football,” Vrabel said. “We’re going to need to do that to be who we are and to be at our best and not be one dimensional. To be able to run it to set up things to be able to run our offense. That’s always been critical.”

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