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Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Date of Birth:  08/19/1997
Age:  25
Height  5'8"
Weight:   208
College:  Memphis
Drafted:  2019 | Round 3 | Pick 70
Depth Chart:  Starter

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB


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Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson (knee) has been activated from injured reserve.

Henderson will return for Super Bowl LVI, and he should see some snaps alongside Cam Akers and Sony Michel with Sean McVay saying they could ride the hot hand at running back. That said, it would be a surprise if the team didn't end up leaning on Akers with Michel being the primary complement on Sunday.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

The Rams are placing Darrell Henderson Jr. (knee) on injured reserve.

Henderson is dealing with an MCL sprain, and this move to injured reserve ends his regular season and might also keep him out for the postseason. The third-year back started off well this season while operating as the lead back for the Rams offense, but he again dealt with injuries and eventually Sony Michel overtook the lead role in Sean McVay's offense. Overall, Henderson carries 149 times for 688 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns along with 29 receptions for 176 receiving yards and three receiving yards in 12 games. Now Henderson will look to get into a spot where he can return for the playoffs. He'll be eligible to come off injured reserve for the Rams' second playoff game if they make it that far.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson Jr. taken off reserve/COVID-19 list.

Henderson is back after missing Week 14 with COVID, and he should be ready for Tuesday evening versus the Seahawks. Now the concern for fantasy owners thinking about using Henderson in the first week of the fantasy playoffs as his role, as Sony Michel may have taken hold of the lead back job in Los Angeles. Still, Henderson will likely at least be a strong change-of-pace option for the Rams, assuming his quad injury is healed.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

It was reported earlier that Henderson was dealing with an illness, and being placed on the list knocks him out for Monday night. We had already suspected Sony Michel would be the lead back and a top-15 option at the position, so this news solidifies him as an RB1—and it's another opportunity to the former first-round pick to make a case to remain the lead back the rest of the way. Hopefully Henderson is feeling better soon and will be back for Week 15.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson Jr. (thigh) is officially active for Week 13.

While Henderson is active while dealing with the quad issue, he’s at less than 100% and Sony Michel is expected to lead the Rams backfield against the Jaguars.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson Jr. (thigh) is questionable for Week 13.

Henderson is set to be a game-time call, and the Rams play in the later slate of games on Sunday, so this might create a tough situation for fantasy owners. Hopefully there's more clarity on Henderson's status by Sunday morning.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson Jr. (ribs) will play in Week 4.

Henderson missed just one game with his rib cartilage issue, and he'll be active this Sunday versus the Cardinals. While the stats didn't show it, Sony Michel played very well last week against an elite Buccaneers run defense, and he's set to have a sizable role in the backfield too. We'll see what happens on Sunday, but Henderson might be more risky than usual in lineups coming off the injury.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson Jr. (ribs) is officially inactive for Week 3.

Henderson was listed as doubtful entering today, so this was obviously expected. Sony Michel is set to start for the Rams, but he's not a highly recommended fantasy option against the Buccaneers' elite run defense. Last year, Sean McVay decides to go with a pass-happy gameplan and didn't test the run game much, so Michel is in danger of not getting many touches, even as a starter.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson Jr. (ribs) is expected to be a game-time decision for Week 3.

Rams head coach Sean McVay says it'll go up until pregame on Sunday for Henderson, so look for the starting running back to be listed as questionable later today. Los Angeles doesn't play until the late-afternoon window of games, and he'll be facing an elite Bucs run defense at less than 100% if he's active on Sunday.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson is dealing with a rib cartilage injury.

This is a common injury for running backs, and their status often has to do with pain tolerance. It sounds like Henderson will be limited (at best) this week at practice and is likely to be questionable on the final injury report. Sony Michel would draw the start if Henderson is unable to go versus Tampa Bay.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

UPDATE: It is a rib injury for Darrell Henderson Jr.

Henderson is still getting checked out in the locker room and is officially questionable to return for today's Week 2 matchup against the Colts. Sony Michel is taking over the backfield work with Henderson out.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson Jr. leaves game with apparent leg injury.

Henderson appeared to have his ankle rolled up on while getting tackled, and now he's walking to the locker room as the Rams begin their next offensive series. For a guy that's struggled to stay on the field early in his career, hopefully this isn't something that keeps him out for long.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson Jr. is dealing with a sprained thumb.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that it’s not a major thumb injury he sustained during practice today—it’s just a mildly sprained thumb. Henderson should be fine for Week 1, but the durability is a concern entering the regular season despite his huge upside as the lead runner in Sean McVay’s offense.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson Jr. (ankle) is officially doubtful to return for the Rams.

Henderson had his ankle twisted pretty badly while diving for the end zone and coming up short, and it's not a great sign that he's being called doubtful. Before leaving, Henderson had 12 carries for 62 yards. Malcolm Brown will now lead the Rams backfield against the Seahawks.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson Jr. (knee) has returned for the Rams.

Henderson is back in there to start the second half, which isn't a surprise after it didn't look like he was dealing with anything too serious when he was called questionable to return earlier.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson Jr. (knee) is officially questionable to return for the Rams.

Henderson has his helmet off but appears to be in good spirits on the sidelines, so it doesn't appear to be anything too serious. However, he doesn't look like he's going to return to the game any time soon, or at least not during the Rams' current offensive drive. Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown will get the backfield work while Henderson is out.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson is dealing with a low-grade hamstring strain, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Henderson fortunately escaped a more serious injury and is expected to be ready for Week 1, but the missed time in camp will open the door for second-round pick Cam Akers to have a big role if Sean McVay trusts him. It will be interesting to see if we get a closer look at the backfield on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ with three more episodes to go.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Darrell Henderson gets first extensive NFL action in Week 6.

With Todd Gurley (quadricep) out for the Rams against the 49ers, Henderson got a nice amount of work behind Malcolm Brown. Henderson carried six times for 39 yards and added one reception for nine yards, flashing his dynamic ability on his touches; he did have a lost fumble on a dropped toss, but aside from the turnover it was a solid game from the rookie. Meanwhile, Brown carried 11 times for 40 yards, as he had an effective first drive running the ball inside with power before LA went away from it a bit. If Gurley misses more time, it looks like Henderson could be at least a big-play dependent FLEX option in an offense that needs to do something to get going and bounce back from this 3-3 start to the season.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

Rams head coach Sean McVay reportedly believed Darrell Henderson was the "most dangerous offensive player in the draft."

ESPN's Adam Schefter said on his podcast: "Darrell Henderson, third round pick (70th overall), running back from Memphis, here's a guy that I believe Sean McVay thought was the most dangerous offensive player in the draft... That's right. [The Rams] love Darrell Henderson." It's worth noting that Schefter says "I believe" McVay thought that about Henderson, but clearly the Rams were high on him to take him 70th overall when they have Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown in the backfield. Gurley's knee issues, along with McVay's apparent love for Henderson, could mean we see a lot of Henderson in 2019—and the Rams might feel good about the Memphis product eventually taking over the backfield if Gurley's knee issues become too much to deal with. Dynasty owners in particular should take note of this nugget from Schefter.

Darrell Henderson | Rams RB

The Rams have selected Memphis running back Darrell Henderson with the No. 70 pick (third round) in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Henderson has rushed for 8.9 yards per carry in his last two seasons at Memphis, including 1,909 yards and 22 touchdowns—along with 295 receiving yards for a whopping 15.5 yards per reception—in his final college season as a junior in 2018. He’s an extremely explosive player that should be a perfect compliment in Rams backfield as a slasher that just needs a crease for huge plays. He'll likely compete with Malcolm Brown for the primary backup job behind Todd Gurley in 2019, which could lead to a good number of touches if LA scales back Gurley's touches this season. Keep in mind the Rams traded up for Henderson, and they obviously like him a lot.