The first-place Tennessee Titans were dealt a major blow during their overtime win against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. After tests came back on Monday, it was confirmed by multiple reporters and announced by coach Mike Vrabel that MVP candidate Derrick Henry will need foot surgery, sideling him for at least eight weeks and possibly the rest of the season.
The Titans are working out another former MVP, 36-year-old Adrian Peterson, in the meantime.
Henry has handled 219 of the 230 running back rushing attempts by the Titans this year and is a massive centerpiece of their offense. He leads the league with ten rushing touchdowns and has 353 more rushing yards than the next closest player.
The Titans are in the lead in the AFC but face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, November 7. Los Angeles just traded for Denver Broncos pass rusher Von Miller to add to their fearsome defense. The New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots follow between now and the end of the month for Tennessee.
In addition to being a half-game ahead of the Bills, Tennessee also owns the tiebreaker over Buffalo thanks to their Week 6 victory.
This also opens up the MVP race a little bit more for Bills QB Josh Allen. Allen has been the odds-on favorite to win for the last couple weeks, but a top competitor is now off the board for half the year.