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Derrick Henry hits 2,027 rushing yards on the season

Derrick Henry joined an elite group of running backs with a monster performance against the Texans on Sunday.

Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans runs for yards during the first half against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

UPDATE: Henry ended up rushing 34 times for 250 yards and two touchdowns against the Texans, giving him 2,027 on the year. That will put him fifth all-time, behind Eric Dickerson, Adrian Peterson, Jamal Lewis and Barry Sanders.

Derrick Henry has joined an elite group of running backs. The Tennessee Titans star became just the eighth player in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 rushing yards for the season. Late in the fourth quarter of his team’s Week 17 matchup against the Houston Texans, he’s rushed for 227 yards on 29 carries and has 2,003 rushing yards on the year.

Henry led the NFL in rushing yards in 2019 with 1,777. He’s now the rushing champ for a second straight year and finished strong against a Texans team he’s run for more than 200 yards against three times in a row. Henry has now rushed for over 100 yards in seven of his last 10 games and should continue to power Tennessee’s offense in the playoffs.

Adrian Peterson was the last player to eclipse 2,000 rushing yards. The now-Detroit Lions running back tallied 2,097 rushing yards with the Minnesota Vikings in 2012. He fell just 8 yards short of Eric Dickerson’s record-mark of 2,105. Henry could be pushing for that milestone soon if he keeps it up.