The Titans are signing running back Adrian Peterson with the expectation that he will be added to their active roster, according NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Earlier Monday, NFL Network reported that the team was planning on working out the veteran running back. Peterson's signing comes as star Titans running back Derrick Henry suffered a potentially season-ending foot injury on Sunday vs. the Colts.
Henry underwent an MRI Monday to determine the full extent of the injury and he is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday morning.
"It feels good to get back into football movement and to sign with a contender," Peterson told NFL reporter Josina Anderson. "We have big shoes to fill for Derrick Henry who I feel was the frontrunner for MVP, but I'm looking forward to contributing to the running back room and helping the Titans to win the division and to chase the ultimate goal of winning a championship."
On the season, Henry still leads the NFL in carries (219), yards (937) and rushing touchdowns (10). H rushed for 68 yards Sunday vs. the Colts, his second-lowest total of the season. His 2.43 yards-per-attempt average was his lowest of this year's campaign.
Peterson, 36, spent last season with the Lions, recording 156 carries for 604 yards and seven touchdowns. Since leaving the Vikings after the 2016 season, the four-time All-Pro has had stints with the Cardinals, Saints and Washington Football Team, in addition to being with Detroit.
Peterson should help provide depth to an otherwise inexperienced backfield. Henry rushed for 68 yards Sunday vs. the Colts, his second-lowest total of the season. His 2.43 yards-per-attempt average was his lowest of this year's campaign.
Jeremy McNichols is Tennessee's current backup but he has just 56 career carries.
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