NASHVILLE – The King is back.
Or, at least he's one step closer to returning.
The Titans on Wednesday moved running back Derrick Henry to the team's "Designated for Return from Injured Reserve" list, clearing his return to practice.
This designation opens up a 21-day window for Henry to practice with the team, and he will not count against the team's 53-man roster until being activated from Injured Reserve.
Henry suffered a foot injury in the team's October 31 game vs the Colts, and he's missed the last eight games.
In eight games in 2021, Henry has totaled 937 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns on 219 attempts, along with 18 receptions for 154 yards to give him a total of 1,091 scrimmage yards.
In 2020, Henry was named the Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year after rushing 378 times for 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns. Henry became just the eighth player in NFL history to hit the 2,000-yard mark in 2020, and he was honored with his second consecutive Pro Bowl, named first-team Associated Press All-Pro, and won the FedEx Ground Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive year.
Whether Henry plays in the regular season finale on Sunday against the Texans, or if the team elects to hold him out until the postseason, remains to be seen, and could hinge on how his practice week goes.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel is scheduled to speak to reporters on Wednesday before practice.
Kickoff for Sundays' game in Houston is set for noon.