The Tennessee Titans activated running back Derrick Henry from injured reserve Friday, paving the way for him to start their AFC divisional-round game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday.
Henry, 28, hasn't played since sustaining a fractured foot on Oct. 31, but his window to be activated to the 53-man roster opened Jan. 5, giving Tennessee time to get him on the field and set benchmarks for his return. The Titans bought him additional time by clinching the top seed in playoffs and a first-round bye with a 28-25 victory over the Houston Texans on Jan. 9.
The Titans had until 4 p.m. ET on Friday to make the move official.
"I'm happy to be back," Henry said. "You definitely appreciate this game a lot more when you are away from it, being away from teammates and just having that camaraderie and going to work every day and playing on Sundays each and every week. I definitely missed that."
The NFL's leading rusher at the time of his injury, Henry missed nine games but still finished ninth among running backs in rushing yards (937) this season.
D'Onta Foreman filled in with Henry out and had 566 yards on 133 carries (4.3 yards per carry). Coach Mike Vrabel said Foreman would remain involved in the game plan even with Henry back.
--Field Level Media