- The Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans have published favorable injury reports ahead of their AFC Divisional Playoff matchup
- Just one player from each team is tagged with an injury designation, and the Titans have received a boost from the activation of Derrick Henry
- Read on for all the injury updates and betting trends ahead of Saturday afternoon’s matchup at Nissan Stadium
NFL playoff action returns on Saturday, as the Tennessee Titans host the Cincinnati Bengals as 3.5-point favorites on the Bengals vs Titans odds. After earning a bye on Wild Card Weekend, the top-seeded Titans enjoy good health, with just one player sporting a designation on the team’s final injury report. The big news for Tennessee is the expected return of Derrick Henry for the first time since he suffered a foot injury in November. Riding high in the wake of their first playoff win in three decades, the Bengals have also released a favorable injury report. Seldom used receiver Stanley Morgan ended the week as the only Cincinnati player with a designation.
Cincinnati Bengals Final Injury Report
As of January 21, 2022.
Tupou, Hendrickson Making Progress
The Bengals enjoyed lots of good news on the health front this week, as they prepared to battle for their first ever playoff win on the road. After missing last weekend’s victory over the Raiders due to a knee injury, defensive tackle Josh Tupou returned to practice this week. he was a full participant by Friday, and looks to set to rejoin the team for Saturday’s contest.
Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou is not listed on the game status report.
He’s good to go. He has received most of his playing time against the best rushing teams, and Tupou can be a big piece this week.
Stanley Morgan (questionable, hamstring) is the lone player listed.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) January 20, 2022
Tupou was a fixture on the Bengals defence throughout the regular season, seeing action in all 17 games. His return provides Cincinnati with much needed defensive depth, particularly in light of Derrick Henry’s expected return.
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) January 19, 2022
Defensive end Trey Hendrickson has also shown steady improvement since suffering a concussion in last weekend’s victory over Las Vegas. The 27-year-old enjoyed a career season in 2021 while leading the team with 14 sacks in 16 outings. Hendrickson also contributed an important strip-sack that led to a Bengals field goal before leaving last week’s game due to injury. The return of Tupou and Hendrickson is timely considering the loss of DT Larry Ogunjobi to a season-ending foot injury.
Tennessee Titans Final Injury Report
Titans Buoyed by Henry’s Return
As expected, the Titans received a huge lift on Friday afternoon. The team confirmed that Derrick Henry has been activated, and is expected to rejoin the team for Saturday’s contest. The two-time defending NFL rushing yards and rushing touchdowns leader missed the final nine games of the regular season due to a foot injury. And while he was designated to return to practice on January 5, the Titans have provided their superstar rusher with ample time to test his injured foot, and work his way into game shape.
The Titans have officially activated Derrick Henry to play tomorrow against the Bengals. pic.twitter.com/P5xSHavUS7
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 21, 2022
Henry’s value to the Titans attack cannot be understated. The 28-year-old was on pace to top 2000 rushing yards for a second straight year when he got injured. He also had 10 scoring runs to his credit before getting sidelined. Many observers expected Tennessee to tank in the wake of Henry’s injury. However, the offence has demonstrated impressive resilience without their superstar. The challenge the Titans now face, if it can even be called that, is reintegrating Henry back into an attack that has averaged 28 points per game during a 3-0 SU run.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 18, 2022
With a week off to rest off and lick their wounds, the Titans injury report features just one player with a designation. Defensive tackle Teair Tart saw limited action in practice this week after missing the team’s 28-25 win over Houston in Week 18 with an ankle injury, and is listed as questionable for Saturday’s clash.
Impact of Injuries on Bengals vs Titans Betting Lines
There has been little movement on the point spread since the Titans opened as 3.5-point chalk. The line remains unchanged despite Tennessee commanding 58% of the handle on the Bengals vs Titans betting trends. The announcement of Henry’s imminent return has been anticipated throughout the week. As a result, it has not moved the needle at the sportsbooks.