Derrick Henry has returned to the field.
The 25-year-old running back practiced Sunday for the first time since he injured his calf during the opening day of training camp. Henry participated in individual drills with the other members of Tennessee’s backfield, according to the team’s official website.
“It was really good (to get Henry back),” Titans coach Mike Vrabel told reporters. “It’s really good to get everybody back that we can when we can get them back. We’ll see how (Derrick) is and hopefully start to progress a little bit (Tuesday).”
Big development for the #Titans : Derrick Henry, who hadn’t practiced since suffering an injury to his left calf on Day 1 of training camp (July 16), returned to practice today.
Here’s one minute, 42 seconds of his afternoon inside the bubble at Saint Thomas Sports Park: pic.twitter.com/lpz7DAgKCx
— Erik Bacharach (@ErikBacharach) August 19, 2019
Vrabel added there’s a chance Henry can suit up for the Titans’ third preseason game Sunday against the Steelers.
“I am not going to hope and wish,” Vrabel said. “If he is better by Sunday and he is ready to play, then we’ll play him. And if not, then we’ll keep working in getting him back.
“We take all of these situations pretty much individually and we’ll continue to monitor him and see where he’s at. The whole goal is to make sure Derrick is going to be with us, and he is going to be a large part of what we do.”
The Titans originally selected Henry out of Alabama in the second round of the 2016 draft. He rushed for 1,059 yards and 12 touchdowns in 16 games last season.
“He’ll have to start the year the way he finished it last year,” Vrabel said, “and whether that means playing in the preseason or not I’m not really sure. … Some guys play in the preseason and some guys don’t. It all just kind of depends on what each guy needs.”
The Titans will begin the regular season against the Browns on Sept. 8 in Cleveland.