Henry participated in practice on Monday for the first time since sustaining a torn ACL in his right knee on May 22. The 24-year-old’s appearance opens a three-week window for him to work with the Chargers before they make a decision about adding him to the 53-man roster.
“I’m not surprised,” Henry said, via the team’s website. “I had (being back) in my mind, and tried to push for that since the get-go. I worked as hard as I could, and there’s a lot of work still to do to get back out there. … It’ll be different but good to get back in the flow of things. I’m geared up and ready to go, but it’s a long journey, and it’s cool to have an opportunity like this.”
Henry, who was expected to be a focal point of the Chargers’ offense in 2018, injured his right knee while running downfield on the first day of organized team activities.
The transition from eight-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro Antonio Gates to Henry started in 2016 when the club used a second-round pick on the Arkansas product.
Henry recorded 45 receptions for 579 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games in 2017 before a lacerated kidney ended his season.
Gates has 25 receptions for 312 yards and two touchdowns this season for the Chargers (11-3).
The 38-year-old Gates is the Chargers’ all-time leader in receptions (952), receiving yards (11,820) and touchdowns (116), with his touchdown total an NFL record for tight ends.