The Titans are replacing their all-world running back with an all-time great.
The team announced they are signing running back Adrian Peterson, according to multiple sources, with Derrick Henry out indefinitely due to a foot injury that will require surgery.
Peterson, 36, hasn’t caught on with an NFL team this year after struggling in a stint with the Lions last year.
A four-time All-Pro, Peterson ranks fifth all-time in career rushing yards and fourth in career rushing touchdowns. Since leaving the Vikings after the 2016 season, though, he’s shown his age. In a combined 57 games with the Saints, Cardinals, Washington and Lions since 2017, Peterson has averaged 4.0 yards per carry.
Still, the AFC South-leading Titans (6-2) need to find some kind of fill-in for Henry, who had established himself as an MVP candidate with 937 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games.
Of 260 Titans plays categorized as rushing attempts this year, 219 have been Henry runs and 23 have been by quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Jeremy McNichols, a 25-year-old former fifth-round pick, is the next-highest with seven rushing attempts and is primarily used as a pass-catcher.
It seems likely Peterson will get a heavy workload in his absence.
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