Derrick Henry may have a legitimate reason for missing the start of voluntary workouts for the Tennessee Titans this week.
The second-year running back is taking classes at Alabama, according to The Tennesseean’s Jason Wolf. The university said Henry’s classes end the first week of May. Henry skipped his senior season at Alabama to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, so he has yet to finish his undergraduate degree.
Henry’s absence from the beginning of organized team activities (OTAs) was a surprise to people in the Titans organization. Tennessee Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey had a strong opinion about teammates who didn’t show up for such workouts.
“It definitely puts that little check mark in the back of my mind and lets me know who I can count on, who I can’t count on,” Casey said. “To see your teammates show up is definitely great.”
Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he didn’t know why Henry wasn’t at workouts. However, he said he isn’t worried about Henry’s conditioning.
“I’ve seen some video of Derrick in the weight room,” Mularkey said. “He’s absolutely working out, so I know he’s in great playing shape right now. I have no concerns about it, and won’t.”
Henry was 1 of 2 players to miss the first day of OTAs, along with backup cornerback Bennett Okotcha.
Tennessee selected Henry in the second round of the draft. He is expected to have a bigger role in the Titans offense in 2017, but DeMarco Murray is still the starter heading into the season.