Head coach Mike Mularkey on Tuesday confirmed that he still has yet to speak with the running back. Henry missed the opening portion of the team’s voluntary workouts while attending classes at Alabama.
“I didn’t reach out to Derrick,” Mularkey said, via The Tennessean. “All the players know our schedule, know what we’re doing daily, and I didn’t feel like I needed to follow up. He’s been informed, as everybody has.”
He added: “He doesn’t have to (report for voluntary workouts). None of them have to. Again, we’ve got a good group going on, working right now. From what I understand, he’s in school, and I don’t think there’s anything negative about that.”
This has to be incredibly frustrating for Henry, who is not slated to be the team’s lead back once again this year. He’s well within his rights to attend classes and now has a horde of reporters and likely teammates checking up on him. Mularkey is saying all the right things, but it’s easy to tell that there’s still a general stigma attached to missing voluntary workouts. Classes run for a defined stretch of time during the semester and there’s little doubt Henry will be on the field once those classes are finished.
In the end, if he’s able to close in on a degree while missing the on-field stretching workouts that populate Phase 1 of the offseason program, so be it.
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