Ti­tans can rest up a bit af­ter busy stretch

The Detroit News - - Sports - As­so­ci­ated Press

Nashville, Tenn. — Mike Vra­bel asked his Ten­nessee Ti­tans to play phys­i­cal in their third game in 11 days. With Der­rick Henry lead­ing the way with a hand­ful of rush­ing records, they did just that with a big vic­tory to stay in the AFC play­off chase.

Now they get a week­end to rest be­fore their fi­nal trip of the sea­son, then an­other short week.

“They’ve done ev­ery­thing we asked them to do,” Vra­bel said Fri­day on a con­fer­ence call.

“So, it’ll be good to get some time off, get some guys healed up. I have to do a good job of man­ag­ing the sched­ule, and still get­ting us ready for the Gi­ants, but try­ing to get ev­ery­body back that we could pos­si­bly get back to help us try to win an­other game.”

Vra­bel didn’t have in­jury up­dates for any of the Ti­tans hurt in Thurs­day night’s 30-9 rout of the Jack­sonville Jaguars.

Af­ter that call with re­porters, ESPN.com re­ported tight end Jonnu Smith, hurt on Henry’s NFL record-ty­ing 99-yard touch­down run, will miss the rest of the sea­son with an in­jured knee. NFL Net­work re­ported right tackle Jack Con­klin will miss a few weeks with his own in­jured knee.

Los­ing Smith would hurt the most.

The Ti­tans al­ready lost three­time Pro Bowl tight end De­lanie Walker in the sea­son opener, while vet­eran Den­nis Kelly is in line to re­place Con­klin af­ter com­ing off the bench Thurs­day night.

Kelly has started nine games for the Ti­tans over the past three sea­sons.

But the Ti­tans are com­ing off the fran­chise’s best rush­ing per­for­mance in nearly a decade with Henry turn­ing in 238 yards on just 17 car­ries for the best out­put in the NFL this sea­son.

Henry not only tied Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard touch­down run for the long­est in NFL his­tory, he also took the fran­chise rush­ing mark from Chris Johnson — set against the Jaguars on Nov. 1, 2009.

The Ti­tans ran for 305 yards in that game and fin­ished with 264 yards on Thurs­day night. That topped their pre­vi­ous best this sea­son by 100 yards and helped Ten­nessee im­prove to 5-1 at home.

Per­son­nel dept.

The Bears re­moved quar­ter­back Mitchell Tru­bisky from their in­jury list, clear­ing the way for a start Sun­day night against the Rams.

... Jets line­backer Dar­ron Lee has been sus­pended four games for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s sub­stance abuse pol­icy. Lee will sit out the fi­nal four games.

Mark Zaleski/As­so­ci­ated Press

Ti­tans run­ning back Der­rick Henry, left, runs past Jaguars out­side line­backer Leon Ja­cobs for a touch­down dur­ing Thurs­day’s vic­tory.

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