The Tennessee Titans are unlikely to have their best offensive weapon available for their Week 17 game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Tennessee has listed Derrick Henry as doubtful to play in Thursday night’s game against Dallas due to a hip injury.
Henry did not participate in practice on Monday but had limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Titans resting Henry for Week 17 (as they appear to do) could be the result of some math the team is doing with the playoffs in mind.
Tennessee visits Jacksonville in Week 18 with the AFC South in line. If the Titans win this game, they will win the division and can set up a playoff game. While the Week 18 game against the Jags is critical, that doesn’t mean the Week 17 game for Tennessee doesn’t make sense.
Improving their 7-8 record with a win in Week 17 over Dallas would help the Titans’ playoff chances. A win over Dallas would give them an 8-8 record heading into their Week 18 game. In the event of a tie with the Jags, being 8-8-1 would give them a playoff berth on any team. 8-9 which is also on the bubble, like the Patriots, Jets, Steelers and Dolphins. While the likelihood of a tie against the Jags may seem low, it is possible.