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Titans’ hopes rest on big steel plate in Derrick Henry’s foot



He’s more machine than man!

He’s extra machine than man!
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The Tennessee Titans nonetheless received’t verify whether or not Derrick Henry will play on Saturday of their playoff sport towards the Bengals. When requested about it right now throughout a press conference, Henry shrugged his shoulders, gave a slight grin, and stated “[We’ll] see how this week goes, and see the place I’m at on Saturday.”

Evasive response or not, it seems the trail is evident for the star working again to take the sector Saturday towards Cincinnati. Henry went by a contact follow on Tuesday for the primary time since his return from IR earlier this month. He was upbeat whereas speaking to the media, emphasizing that he has been taking all the crucial steps and he’s at present in a great place.

It’s the primary time in Henry’s profession that he has handled a serious harm. He has been sidelined since Week 9 with a Jones fracture in his proper foot. He informed the media on Wednesday that such care was taken along with his injured foot that his girlfriend drove him forwards and backwards to the follow facility for “5 weeks.”

Moreover that element, he performed down what he’s been going by. “I’ve an enormous metal plate in my foot,” he stated. “That’s the one distinction from the left and the precise.”

A giant metal plate in his foot. That’s all. Nothing a rubdown and some further power Tylenol can’t deal with. Personally, I’m weirded out as to what it feels prefer to have metallic inside your foot on a day-to-day foundation. After you get residence from the hospital, can you’re feeling the plate by your pinky toe? Does it take time to get acclimated to the plate, like sporting a soccer helmet? In the event you stub that pinkie toe on the nook of the mattress, does it damage extra, or much less?

These are the issues a 6-foot grownup who hasn’t sprinted in six years wonders about. For a 6-foot-3, well-conditioned grownup who’s constructed like sheet rock, a part of the job is including metal to your foot to try to win a Tremendous Bowl. One other reminder that these of us who watch sports activities have little or no thought of the bodily calls for required of athletes on the highest degree.

The Titans appeared sturdy in direction of the top of the season, however their destiny rests on that metal plate in Henry’s proper foot. If it suits like a glove, and he has full use of that foot, he’s able to placing the Titans on high of his shoulder pads and carrying them to the place they haven’t been since Y2K, the Tremendous Bowl.

Whereas neither Henry nor the Titans have confirmed he’ll play on Saturday, I consider what Henry stated — chopping off reporter Paul Kuharsky’s query about taking his first in-game hit — says every little thing that must be stated about Henry’s standing for the sport.

“Paul, all these questions, I imply, I’m not likely centered on that. I’m simply able to go on the market and play.”

Bengals, I hope you all heard that.

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