Titans signing former All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson to practice squad

With Derrick Henry set to undergo surgery that will put the NFL rushing leader on the shelf for possibly 6-10 weeks, the Tennessee Titans will add a future Hall of Fame running back to the backfield.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Titans are signing free-agent running back Adrian Peterson to the practice squad and plan to elevate him to the roster.

Peterson played in 16 games in 2020 with the Detroit Lions, starting 10 tilts. He rushed for 604 yards and seven TDs on 156 carries with the Lions.

The 36-year-old has 14,820 total rushing yards in his career, just 449 behind Barry Sanders for fourth-most all time.

After spending the first decade of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, All Day has spent time with New Orleans, Arizona, Washington and Detroit the past four years.

Peterson now joins a 6-2 Titans team that sits atop the AFC standings with a three-game lead in the AFC South. Peterson has a chance to carve out a role as the Titans' early-down ball carrier when he gets up to speed on the offense. While he's no longer an All-Pro, Peterson showed last season he can still churn out yards between the tackles, with the occasional burst.

The Titans' No. 2 running back, Jeremy McNichols, has been deployed as mainly a pass-catcher, earning just seven carries for 38 yards this season. Tennessee will likely go with a committee approach to help fill the gaping hole left by Henry's injury.

Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson (28) raises his arms after a play during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Ford Field.

Adrian Peterson to sign with Tennessee Titans after Derrick Henry's injury

The Tennessee Titans have made one move to address their backfield with Derrick Henry set to be sidelined indefinitely by foot surgery.

The Titans are signing veteran running back Adrian Peterson to their practice squad with the intent to elevate him to their active roster. 

Peterson, 36, has not played so far this season while waiting for a landing spot to emerge. The former NFL MVP and four-time All-Pro last played for the Detroit Lions in 2020, recording 604 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 156 carries.

In Tennessee, Peterson could see a significant workload out of the gate. Henry, the NFL's reigning offensive player of the year and rushing leader, appeared to suffer a foot injury Sunday in the first quarter of the Titans' overtime win against the Indianapolis Colts.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he would not put a timetable on a possible return amid reports that Henry's injury could be season-ending.

"I know that he'll do everything that he can to work himself back to be able to help this football team," Vrabel said Monday. "Whenever that is, that's when it will be. I know that he'll be around our team as soon as he can. I know that it's important to him. I know that'll be important to our team. 

"We'll have to move on without him in the short term and not look back."

Backup Darrynton Evans was placed on season-ending injured reserve last week. Jeremy McNichols and Mekhi Sargent are the only other running backs who have logged carries for the Titans so far this year.

Adrian Peterson signs with Titans: Veteran joining Tennessee with Derrick Henry set to undergo foot surgery

The Tennessee Titans will be without star running back Derrick Henry for potentially the rest of the season due to a foot injury, so the AFC contender will need to find someone to replace him in the backfield. And it didn't take long for the club to identify their emergency option as Tennessee has signed veteran Adrian Peterson, according to CBS Sports NFL insider Josina Anderson. This signing comes after Peterson worked out for the team on Monday. 

"The workout was good," Peterson told Anderson. "It feels good to get back into football movement and to sign with a contender. We have big shoes to fill for Derrick Henry who I feel was the front-runner for MVP, but I'm looking forward to contributing to the running back room and helping the Titans to win the division and to chase the ultimate goal of winning a championship."

Peterson is 36 years old, but he is one of the best running backs in NFL history. He also hasn't looked his age on the field, as he rushed for 604 yards and seven touchdowns last year for the Detroit Lions. Before his stint in Detroit, Peterson spent a couple of seasons with Washington, and served as their only consistent offensive weapon. He even rushed for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018.  

Peterson will be most remembered from his days with the Minnesota Vikings. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft rushed for a whopping 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, and won NFL MVP along with NFL Offensive Player of the Year. In 10 seasons with the Vikings, Peterson rushed for 97 touchdowns and made seven Pro Bowls while leading the NFL in rushing yards three different times. He is currently fifth on the all-time rushing list with 14,820 yards.

Even as an older player, Peterson has been productive wherever he has spent time. The future Pro Football Hall of Famer has a huge opportunity here to step in as a starter with a legitimate contender that likes to run the football. 

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