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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans coach Mike Vrabel conducted a conference call on Monday, one day after the team's 17-0 win over the Giants.

On Saturday, the Titans face the Redskins at Nissan Stadium.

Here's a look at some of the hot topics:

Fresh Legs?

Titans running back Derrick Henry ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win.

In the process, he broke the franchise record for rushing yards (408) in back-to-back games, breaking Houston Oilers running back Earl Campbell's record of 405 yards. Last week, Henry set a franchise record with 238 yards in a game vs. the Jaguars.

Vrabel was asked if Henry might be benefiting from fresh legs, considering he didn't get a heavy workload earlier in the season.

"I think that Derrick has to be 23, 24 years old, so I hope that his legs stay fresh," Vrabel said. "I see how hard (he works). He is one of our offseason award winners for how hard he trained in the offseason, and the amount of work he puts in. So I know he is in great condition."

Henry now has 882 yards and 11 touchdowns this season for the Titans.

"His confidence it through the roof," Vrabel said of Henry. "And I think the guys are finishing for him. The receivers are blocking for him."

Dennis Kelly's Commitment

Right tackle Dennis Kelly played on Sunday, at the end of a week when he lost his father.

Kelly missed one day of practice before returning, and he started in place of an injured Jack Conklin, who was placed on Injured Reserve last week.

Vrabel gave a game ball to Kelly in the locker room at MetLife Stadium.

"I can't even imagine the emotions that he went through," Vrabel said of Kelly. "I know his brother – I am very close with his brother, Tim. I coached four years with his brother (with the Texans).

"I asked Dennis to give his mom a hug for me when he went and saw him, and they buried their dad. And to be able to come back – Timmy, he coached and did his job in Houston, and Dennis did a great job for us to go out there and play. And I'm sure their father is proud of both those guys for coming back to their teams and doing their jobs and doing it well.

"We are lucky to have a guy like Dennis Kelly on our team, who is always ready to go."

OLB talk

Titans outside linebacker Sharif Finch left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, and didn't return.

Vrabel didn't discuss Finch's injury, but he was asked about depth at the position.

Veteran Brian Orakpo didn't play on Sunday because of an elbow injury, leaving Derrick Morgan, Kamalei Correa and Harold Landry as the only healthy outside backers.

"We'll kind of see how everybody is feeling, and where we're at," Vrabel said. "I know the guys that finished the game did a nice job for us. … I think that Morgan played a disruptive game."

Vrabel also praised Landry and Correa, who caused a fumble with a sack.

"Those are the three than ended the game with us," Vrabel said, "and we'll see who we have moving forward."

Vaccaro Update, Lewis Praise

Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro left Sunday's game with a concussion, and he's in the concussion protocol, Vrabel said.

"He'll be evaluated throughout the week," Vrabel said of Vaccaro. "When he's ready, he'll get back in there. I told Kenny, we are not going to put anything in front of his health as it relates to this situation."

Kendrick Lewis stepped in for Vaccaro, and led the team with nine tackles. He nearly recorded an interception, and Vrabel said he did a nice job overall.

"The luxury of having a guy like Kendrick, who has been in the situation with (defensive coordinator) Dean Pees," Vrabel said, "is that he doesn't require a ton of reps at practice to be able to go out there and execute the game plan."

Logan Ryan Update

Titans cornerback Logan Ryan announced on social media on Monday morning that he suffered a season-ending injury in Sunday's game.

Vrabel didn't confirm the news, and he declined to discuss a potential replacement.

Cornerback LeShaun Sims stepped in for Ryan vs. the Giants.

"I don't think we've done anything with the roster yet and we'll handle those things here in the next couple of days," Vrabel said. "Logan certainly is able to talk about himself and his ability or inability to finish the season with us.

"And whoever plays in there is going to be expected to do a good job. Sims went in there yesterday for him and did a good job. … It's what pro football is at any level, at the college level and high school – if the guy in front of you goes down you are expected to be ready to go and be ready to play at a high level."

More Praise

Vrabel complimented defensive lineman DaQuan Jones, saying he played his best game of the season vs. the Giants.

Vrabel also pointed out a big one-on-one tackle by cornerback Adoree' Jackson of Giants running back Saquon Barkley at the line of scrimmage.

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