Bulluck: 'I definitely see' Derrick Henry making impact for Titans in first game back from injury


As if clinching home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs wasn't a big enough reward for the top-seeded Tennessee Titans, they're just about to be reunited with the league's most menacing running back. And the timing of his long-anticipated return couldn't be more opportune.

The team announced on Friday that Derrick Henry, the NFL's reigning rushing champion, has been activated from injured reserve and will play in Saturday's divisional-round matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Henry was sidelined for the past two and a half months, due to a fracture in his foot. At the time of his injury, he led the NFL in rushing yards (937) and rushing touchdowns (10).

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"All they seem to do is win -- they had just as good a record as anyone in the NFL this year," former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck told Maggie and Perloff on Friday. "So, I think the team is past the disrespect point. I think they're at the point where, 'We've earned our keep. We hear what's going on this week. And it's the same narrative that's been going on all year. We have home field.' I'm sure they can't wait until tomorrow, to put everything to bed.

"I'd almost compare [Henry's return] to Cam Akers having a great game with the Rams. He had fresh legs -- that's the comparison I'm going with. At this point, they put him out there -- they've worked so hard to get back and be in this position, to have the No. 1 seed -- I don't necessarily see a 20 to 25 carry game for Derrick. But I definitely see him making an impact. Maybe having a walk-off homer moment or some moment, in order to bring home a win."

Henry -- who became just the eighth running back in history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season -- has proven to be an inexorable force, with size and speed that defenses can only hope to contain. In the Titans' Week 6 victory over the Buffalo Bills, he became the first player to rush for 10 scores within his team's first six games since 2005, and the first player with a 70-yard rushing score in five consecutive seasons.

During the time Henry was out, Tennessee's offense managed to stay afloat. Since the beginning of November, the unit's averaged 21.3 points per game and 311.6 yards, and backup halfbacks D'Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard have combined for 916 yards on 189 carries with five rushing touchdowns.

Tennessee and Cincinnati are scheduled to kick off at 4:30 ET on Saturday afternoon at Nissan Stadium. According to FiveThirtyEight projections, the Titans currently have a 66-percent chance to reach the AFC championship game and a 27-percent chance to reach their first Super Bowl since 1999.

The entire Titans conversation between Bulluck and Maggie and Perloff can be accessed in the audio player above.

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