Latest news on Derrick Henry, Leonard Fournette, and DeAndre Hopkins

the 2021-22 NFL playoffs start this weekend, and there is still several NFL injury news and updates to watch out for. Will guys like Derrick Henry, Leonard Fournette and DeAndre Hopkins make their triumphant return out of the IR, or miss their teams’ decisive games?

NFL Injury IR News and Updates: Will Derrick Henry play for the Titans in the Divisional Round?

While there were rumors that Derrick Henry could return in Week 18 to get rid of some of the rust from his injury, ultimately this was not the case. The Titans have nominated him to return from the injured reserve, however, giving the team 21 days to add him to their 53-man roster.

Now, with a first-round pass already locked, will Henry return for the divisional round? Or, will the broken foot he suffered weeks ago keep him out of alignment?

What is Henry’s approach during the week off?

Last week, head coach Mike Vrabel said the Titans will continue to monitor Henry’s progress and see how he responds to “cuts” and “reactionary stuff,” according to Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.

“We talk about the same things all the time about players coming back from injury, those coming back into the football game,” said Vrabel. “(It’s)” Can they make what they have worse? Can they protect themselves? And, can they reasonably do their job? ‘ So, I think for Derrick, having not been there, I think there are going to be a few looks that he has to put into practice.

“We’re going to have to see how he reacts to cuts and reactionary stuff. We’ll keep watching and seeing how he progresses, and then we’ll make a decision. “

Henry will have an immediate impact

The reality is, this Titans offense will be very different when Henry returns. While D’Onta Foreman did his best to keep this racing game afloat, he was nowhere near as powerful as when Henry was active. Foreman’s 133 carries, 566 yards and 3 touchdowns led a committee that included Adrian Peterson, Dontrell Hilliard and Jeremy McNichols.

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Prior to his foot injury, Henry was once again leading the NFL with 219 carries for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games. Plus, even after missing nine games, he finished the regular season tied for sixth in the league in rushing touchdowns and ninth for rushing yards. Henry is a true game changer.

Will Leonard Fournette be activated from IR?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed running back Leonard Fournette on the IR on December 23. Before his injury, Fournette had one of the best seasons of his career. He led Tampa on the ground with 812 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also caught 69 passes for 454 yards and 2 other scores.

Like Henry, Fournette now has 21 days to be added to the active list. Last year, Fournette became an important part of the Bucs’ successful Super Bowl run. He ran for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in four playoff games, earning him the nickname “Playoff Lenny.”

Tampa Bay is hopeful that Playoff Lenny can return to form for his first game of the NFL playoffs against the Philadelphia Eagles during the Super Wild Card weekend. However, it’s unclear whether or not Fournette will play, even though he has returned to training.

NFL Injury IR News and Updates: Should we expect to see DeAndre Hopkins this week?

The Arizona Cardinals advanced to the playoffs after leading NFC West for most of the year. With a loss to the Seattle Seahawks at the end of the season, their Super Bowl aspirations took a definite hit.

Now they face their NFC West rival, the Los Angeles Rams, in the most important game of their season. Will they have their main receiving threat, DeAndre Hopkins, for this one?

Sadly, earlier this week, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury told Los Angeles media that Hopkins would not be ready to return from knee surgery for their Wild Card game. Hopkins injured his knee in a Dec. 13 loss to those same Rams and underwent surgery to repair a torn MCL the following week.

It has been a disappointing year for Hopkins. He finished the regular season with just 42 catches for 572 yards (career low) and 8 touchdowns.

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