Tennessee Titans rookie running back Chris Henry is facing a four-game suspension from the NFL for testing positive for a banned substance, a league source has confirmed.
Henry has five days to appeal once the decision is handed down on Saturday, and according to the source, is expected to do so, which will allow him to be available for the Titans on Sunday when they face the Carolina Panthers.
The Titans likely will need Henry on Sunday, as Chris Brown has missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain and has not practiced since Wednesday, and starter LenDale White sat out Friday with soreness in his toe, though he should play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
Henry took most of the first-team reps in Friday’s practice, splitting time with second-year back Quinton Ganther, while White and Brown watched.
Henry was inactive for Tennessee’s first five games of the season, then backed up White the past two games while Brown was out. He had 57 yards on 11 carries in his debut at Houston and 48 yards on four rushes last Sunday vs. Oakland. He scored a touchdown in each game for the Titans.
Efforts to reach Henry’s agent Josh Luchs were unsuccessful. A Titans spokesman declined comment on the situation.