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Darrell Henderson activated from I.R. for Super Bowl

We break down the news that Darrell Henderson is dealing with an MCL injury and what it means for the Rams ahead of Super Bowl 56.

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Friday update: McVay told reporters on Friday that Henderson has been activated from I.R., per Ian Rapoport. The Rams will have all three of their top running backs ready for the Super Bowl.

Wednesday PM update: McVay spoke to NFC pool reporter Jarrett Bell on Wednesday and was optimistic about Henderson playing this weekend.

“I think Darrell’s going to go,” said McVay. Henderson has nursed a knee injury for more than a month. “So, you’ll have Cam (Akers), Darrell and Sony (Michel). You’ll be able to see a good, three-back rotation, based on how the game unfolds. The situations that arise will dictate which one you’re seeing. Like anything else, if we’re able to get into a rhythm running it, we’re going to go with the hot hand.”

Wednesday update: Head coach Sean McVay told reporters on Wednesday that there is a “good chance” that running back Darrell Henderson will return for the Super Bowl, per Stu Jackson.

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay shared with the media this week that he wouldn’t close the door on the possibility of a few injured players suiting up for their Super Bowl 56 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday. One of those players mentioned was running back Darrell Henderson, who has been on injured reserve with an MCL injury since late December.

Henderson was a key part of the Rams’ offense for a good chunk of the regular season. Through 12 games, he ran for a career-high 688 rushing yards and five touchdowns, also catching three receiving touchdowns as well. He sustained his MCL injury against the Vikings in Week 16 and was immediately shut down. Sony Michel stepped in to handle the load in his absence as well as Cam Akers, who miraculously returned from an Achilles injury just in time for the playoffs.

Fantasy football implications

McVay emphasized that he’d have to speak with Rams Vice President of Sports Medicine and Performance Reggie Scott before making a decision. Even if Henderson were cleared, it’s hard to imagine him making enough of a difference to warrant a start in DFS.