Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry wasn’t overly talkative Thursday in his weekly media setting.
Henry, coming off resting his injured hamstring against the New Orleans Saints, however, said the only words that matter to the Titans as they ready for a win-and-in game this Sunday on the road against the Houston Texans.
“I’m feeling good. I’m ready to go. Any time you get to rest, it helps a lot,” Henry told reporters on Thursday.
Henry has 1,329 yards rushing this season, including 86 two weeks ago when he last played against the Texans. When the Titans divisional hopes disintegrated with the Texans’ win at Tampa Bay last week on Saturday, the Titans decided to deactivate Henry and rest him up for Sunday’s rematch in Houston, which had more bearing on their playoff hopes.
“I’m rested. That’s what it’s supposed to do,” Henry said of sitting out against the Saints. “I love football and I love playing the game, so I’m definitely ready.”
Coach Mike Vrabel, who gave his players off Christmas Day on Wednesday, said Henry looked “great” on Tuesday when the Titans held their first practice.
Henry was a full go again on Thursday when the Titans returned from having Christmas off.
Vrabel said that while Henry has looked good in practice, he won’t be able to determine just how healthy the Titans star running back is until he sees him at game speed.
“I think that you try to evaluate players through practice. But I think you understand, I think we all understand that the real test is at the game when the speeds certainly go up for every player,” Vrabel said. “I think we try to monitor what they do during practice, but then also, you see the speed of every player and every position increase for the game.”
Receiver Corey Davis, who is in the concussion protocol and was limited on Tuesday, was a full participant on Thursday.
Rookie defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, who missed last week with a knee injury, was a full go for the second straight practice on Thursday.
Linebacker Daren Bates (shoulder) also participated fully. Linebacker Harold Landry was added to the injury report as not practicing, but the absence is not injury related.
Receiver Adam Humphries (ankle), receiver Kalif Raymond (concussion) and cornebrack Adoree’ Jackson (foot) all remain out of practice.
Receiver Cody Hollister was limited for a second straight day with an ankle injury.