“He’s doing really well, but after conversations with our medical people, the decision was made to hold him out and it’s just week-to-week from here,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco tells Rapoport of Henry.<
“I want every doctor to be 100 percent. He’s perfect. He’ll be ready to roll. He’s not quite there yet. He hasn’t had any setbacks. It’s just, seeing where he is, we figured it was best to hold him back.”
Reports have said for months now that it was possible Henry could return from the torn ACL he suffered this summer if the team made it to the playoffs.
“Our people who administer the ACL rehab protocol were great, but some of it is just the effort you put into it,” Telesco said. “I think it helped him knowing there was a chance he can play this year and that drives him. That’s a motivating factor. He really wanted to be part of this and when it happened, we told him, we’ll do our part to make the playoffs.”
“The fact that it happened so early in the calendar gives him a chance,” Telesco said. “That was always in his head.”
Los Angeles officially activated the 21-day practice window for Henry a few weeks ago, so his return window is getting smaller. Reports have said for months now that there was still a chance Henry could return this year.
Henry, 24, is a former second-round pick of the Chargers back in 2016. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $6.38 million contract that included $3.98 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $1.03 million and $1.32 million over the final two years of the agreement.
In 2017, Henry appeared in 14 games for the Chargers and caught 45 passes for 579 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 3 tight end out of 74 qualifying players.