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Derrick Henry joins Titans’ workouts in ‘good shape’

The weeks of consternation and alarm-sounding articles about ’s absence from the Tennessee Titans‘ voluntary workouts can come to an end. The running back was back at workouts this week.

Running backs coach Sylvester Croom noted that Henry was clearly working out on his own while attending classes at Alabama.

“He looks great, is moving well and seems to be in very good shape for this time of the year,” Croom said of Henry, via the team’s official website. “It’s obvious he’s been doing a whole lot of work in the time he’s been away.

“There is no problem with Derrick. The guy was in school, he is here now, and he is working. So we are moving forward from there.”

The heat poured on the bruising running back for missing the start of voluntary workouts stemmed from comments made by coach at the start of workouts regarding Henry’s absence.

Now that the Heisman Trophy winner is at workouts, our national nightmare is over.

That Croom cooed about Henry being in shape should temper the storyline from persisting as we move into the summer.

But before Robinson was in the position to rebuild the Titans and make those assessments, he was a young scout on the road. Like many of us, he feared his kidney would one day be stolen in some seedy motel.

“Lotta nights on the road,” Robinson said. “Traveling after practice. I think one of my — I don’t know if it’s saddest memories, but I drove out after practice this one night at 8 p.m., drove about seven hours to get to the school the next morning. I won’t mention the name of the hotel but the door was a little loose, it was one of those outside (rooms) where you had to enter from the outside.

“It was right beside the interstate, so I was a little nervous. I took my couch and moved it over in front of the door just in case if someone did jump in and try and steal a kidney for 50 bucks, he’d have to get over the couch.”

The full interview with Robinson is worth watching, if only to compare the fear he has for potentially getting his kidney stolen to the fear he had addressing his former boss, Patriots coach .

Apparently, non-consenting organ removal is preferable to Belichick staring you down and teaching you how to scout defensive linemen.

Robinson also gets into his emotional bid at the JDRF gala, where he purchased a painting for $10,000 to benefit Type 1 Diabetes research — a disease Robinson’s daughter, Taylor, was diagnosed with a few years ago. If you have yet to see the footage, it’s a good reminder of what is really important in this world. It also draws attention to a very worthy cause.

Nike Titans #25 Adoree' Jackson Light Blue Men's Stitched NFL Limited Rush Jersey“It’s actually exciting, it’s big,” Walker said on Network’s Good Morning Football on Thursday. “It’s just giving us an example of what it could be like when we get to that level. The Preds are doing a great job. Since I’ve been here, I’ve been a Preds fan and I’m so happy that they made it to their first Stanley Cup.

“We’re all aboard. I think everyone in this locker room basically sees what it can be like if we do that. The fans come together, the city shuts down for the team. So we’re looking forward to doing that as well.”

Walker said “I’m not chugging no beers” like the rest of the Titans offensive line sometimes does at Predators games, but he is all in otherwise.

The Titans have not made the playoffs since 2008, back when Walker was a tight end for the . Since joining the team in Nashville back in 2013, he’s been one of the few steady offensive performers — a face of a faceless offense that has gone through three head coaches in four years.

All that has changed since the arrival of and the re-imagination of Mike Mularkey’s frantic motion offense. Tennessee was one of the most enjoyable teams to watch in football last year and should be considered a favorite to win the log-jammed South in 2017 alongside the Texans and Colts.

When that happens, the team will already know what to expect. The Music City has established itself as a first-rate sports town just waiting for its NFL team to catch up.