Henderson could be sidelined for more than a month with a stress fracture in his right foot.|||||||
Coach Tom Cable disclosed the extent of the injury on Wednesday. He says Henderson could miss between two and five additional weeks. Henderson has already missed two games since hurting his foot in Week 2 against St. Louis. The injury is a blow to the Raiders' struggling run defense. Henderson is a two-time Pro Bowler who was brought in during the offseason to bolster Oakland's interior line.
The Oakland Raiders have signed two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle John Henderson to a free agent contract.|||||||
The team announced the move Tuesday. Henderson was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars after the draft in April. The move is the latest attempt by the Raiders to improve a run defense that ranked 29th in the NFL last season and 31st the previous two years.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have released Henderson, opening up a starting spot for first-round draft pick Tyson Alualu.|||||||
The Jaguars tried to trade Henderson during the draft, got no takers and decided to part with the eight-year veteran whose production dipped in recent years. A first-round pick in 2002, the 6-foot-7, 335-pound Henderson averaged 84 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks during his first four seasons. He averaged 56 1/2 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks the last four years.
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio was hoping to get more production from Henderson this season. Already, he's disappointed.Henderson pulled himself out of drills Monday, and the coach wasn't happy. Del Rio said Henderson had a bruised shoulder, but questioned whether it was bad enough to keep him out of organized team activities.|||||||
Del Rio expressed frustration with the 6-foot-7, 335-pound veteran. "Yeah, it's disappointing to see him pull himself out quite frankly,'' Del Rio said. "What he does, that's up to him. But we have a team out here that's working hard, that's committed and I'm not going to slow down and worry about somebody that's trying to get out of a drill."
Henderson and Bengals guard Andrew Whitworth were fined $10,000 apiece for fighting in last week's game.|||||||
Henderson and Whitworth exchanged punches after Henderson knocked off Whitworth's helmet, then appeared to try to gouge his eyes. Both players were penalized and ejected Sunday. Henderson also got an additional $5,000 fine for illegal hands to the face when he struck Whitworth.