Henry tore the ACL in his right knee during OTAs in May, with the timing of the injury expected to keep him sidelined for the entire 2018 season. While that still appears to be the most likely scenario, Henry has at least increased his chance of a possible return by progressing to running and squatting in recent weeks. Moreover, the tight end has relayed that he has suffered no setbacks in his rehab to date, which keeps the door open for the tight end to make an impact for the Chargers late in the regular season and/or during a potential postseason run. Given the significance of the injury and his long-term value to Los Angeles, Henry's snaps could be limited if he's able to defy the odds and suit up for the team down the stretch.
Henry has been on the PUP list since tearing the ACL in his right knee on May 22, indicating the Chargers had some level of hope that the tight end may be available if the team reached the postseason. After he was seen running with a brace on the knee in mid-September, the best-case scenario was believed to be a return before the end of the regular season. Schefter confirmed as much Sunday, but it's difficult to trust that the third-year tight end will indeed be available for the fantasy postseason due to the nature of the injury.
Last month Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times relayed that the tight end had progressed to the point that he was able run diagonal sprints while wearing a knee brace. That said, given the timing of Henry's torn ACL (May 22), the odds have never favored him playing this season, though his placement on the Chargers' PUP list left open that small possibility. With that in mind, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports noted this past Sunday that the "odds of (Henry) actually making it back this season remain quite remote." In the meantime, Antonio Gates, Virgil Green and Sean Culkin are handling the team's tight end duties, with neither of that trio having approached the sort of production the Chargers envisioned for Henry in 2018.
Henry (knee) will be on the PUP list to start the season, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Henry tore an ACL on May 22 and is an extreme long shot to play this season, but the Chargers aren't quite ready to shut the door on the possibility. There's a good chance he's moved to injured reserve at some point, as even a deep playoff run would put him at just eight months removed from the initial injury. The Chargers are left with one of the weaker TE groups in the league, led by offseason acquisition Virgil Green.
Per the report, Henry, who suffered his knee injury back on May 22 and then underwent surgery two weeks later, "is moving pretty well on the field and has been very engaged during practice." While the tight end hasn't officially been ruled out for the rest of the season at this stage, we suspect that will eventually be the case, with his long-term future in mind.
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|2016||San Diego Chargers||15||10||36||478||13.3||59||8||7||1||30|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||14||13||45||579||12.9||34||4||8||0||32|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||15||1||10||10.0||10||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||14||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||15||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||14||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2016||San Diego Chargers||15||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||14||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|