Tennessee Titans’ Derrick Henry on foot injury, missing football

Tennessee Titans star running back Derrick Henry said the foot injury that has kept him sidelined for the past two and a half months was “absolutely shocking” but his outing has made him appreciate football more.

In his first media release since the Week 8 injury that forced him to miss the final nine games of the regular season, Henry discussed his long journey back and hopes to contribute for Tennessee in the postseason.

The Titans (12-5) face the Cincinnati Bengals (11-7) at Nissan Stadium on Saturday in the AFC division round (3:30 p.m. CT, CBS).

“I love football. It’s all I’ve known since I was 5 years old,” said Henry, who is still on injured reserve but will likely be activated. “You definitely appreciate this game a lot more when you’re away from your teammates. Just having that camaraderie, going to work every day and running out every Sunday to play. Definitely missed that. Just happy to (I am) grateful to everyone who helped me to be able to come back and contribute through the playoffs.”

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The October 31 injury forced Henry to miss an extended portion of the season for the first time in his professional career. In his sixth year out of Alabama, he missed just two games in his first five seasons.

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