Titans fans are in mourning. It looks like Derrick Henry’s out for a while. The (potentially) good news? King Henry just might heal in time to make a reappearance for the playoffs which begin on January 15th. Here’s the latest on the Titan star’s injury (and of course our latest tee to encourage a speedy recovery).
How Did This Happen?
It’s unclear exactly when Henry was injured in the October 31st game against the Colts. Midway through the first quarter of the game, Henry was seen taking off his right shoe and talking to trainers, however he resumed play for the remainder of the game (and helped lead the Titans to an overtime victory). Monday morning following the game, the Titans revealed that Henry was set to have an MRI of the injury to determine the extent.
What is a Jones Fracture?
A Jones Fracture, which Henry suffered, essentially means you’ve broken the base of your 5th (pinky) toe. The fracture isn’t in the toe itself, but in the bones that extend along the top of your foot. In the case of an athlete like Derrick Henry, these fractures are often caused by lateral side-to-side movements. Jones Fractures are taken very seriously as one potential complication of this injury is decreased blood flow to the injured area. Since this area of the foot is prone to poor circulation, this type of injury takes longer to heal. Jones Fractures may not show up on an initial X-ray so an MRI is often required for diagnosis. Typical healing time is about 6-8 weeks. Surgery is sometimes required and is being done in Henry’s case.
How Does Henry’s Injury affect the Titans?
The Titans are shuffling around their roster to cover Henry’s absence. The silver lining? King Henry just might be back in time to help the Titans in the playoffs. Titans coach Mike Vrabel says he won’t put a timeline on Henry’s return. But, there’s great anticipation that with the typical healing time for a Jones Fracture, Henry could return pre-playoff season. Titans experts anticipate that if Henry does return, it won’t be until at least mid-December.
Get Well Soon Derrick!