Titans RB Henry to play in finale vs. Texans

Field Level Media

December 27, 2019 at 4:34 am.

The Tennessee Titans will have Pro Bowl running back Derrick Henry back in the starting lineup this Sunday when they visit the Houston Texans.

Henry missed the team’s Week 16 game, a 38-28 home loss vs. the New Orleans Saints, with a lingering hamstring injury. It marked just the second missed game in his four NFL seasons.

“Anytime you can get some time to rest, it’s a good thing,” Henry told reporters, per ESPN. “I love football. I love playing the game. I’m definitely ready.”

The team’s rushing leader was a full practice participant on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s game, which is a win-and-in scenario for the Titans (8-7): If they win, they clinch a playoff spot.

Henry, who turns 26 next week, has continued his ascent toward the upper echelon of running backs in the NFL. Named to the Pro Bowl for the first time this season, he has posted career highs in carries (271), rushing yards (1,329) and rushing touchdowns (13). He ranks third in the league in rushing and is tied for third in rush TD.

The Titans, currently the No. 6 seed in the AFC, can still make the playoffs if they lose this weekend, but only if both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts lose as well. The Steelers (8-7) visit the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens, who are expected to sit starting QB Lamar Jackson, while the Colts (7-8) face the Jaguars in Jacksonville.