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Travis Henry can, but probably won’t, play in the NFL again

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The good news for Travis Henry is that the NFL has given the go-ahead for his planned return to action. The bad news for Henry is that if he wants to return to the NFL, he still needs to get one of the 32 teams to offer him a contract.

Henry, who has been suspended since 2008 and spent three years in prison for cocaine trafficking, was reinstated by the NFL, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. He’s now an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team.

But while Henry has said he wants to play again, it seems unlikely that any team would want to take a shot at him. Henry will turn 34 in October, and there aren’t many running backs in their mid-30s who have been out of action for four years who are able to come back and play at a high level again.

So Henry, who looked like one of the most promising young running backs in the league when he ran for a total of 2,794 yards in 2002-03 with the Bills, is probably done playing football.

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23 Responses to “Travis Henry can, but probably won’t, play in the NFL again”
  1. bigbeefyd says: Aug 7, 2012 10:52 AM

    There’s always the UFL…

  2. m2karateman says: Aug 7, 2012 10:58 AM

    So Henry, who looked like one of the most promising young running backs in the league when he ran for a total of 2,794 yards in 2002-03 with the Bills, is probably done playing football.

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    Really?! Ya think?!

  3. thingamajig says: Aug 7, 2012 10:58 AM

    If anyone gives him a tryout it’ll be the Seahawks.

  4. theejohnevans says: Aug 7, 2012 10:59 AM

    Cocaine is a hellava drug! (rick james voice)

  5. hulkhogansays says: Aug 7, 2012 11:01 AM

    I swaer, had no idea all that happened to him. Thought he just retired. He should go to the CFL or UFL if he wants a real shot…he was a bruiser in his youth.

  6. rickastleydancemoves says: Aug 7, 2012 11:03 AM

    Nobody wants a running back who probably runs a 4.8 forty.

  7. Shimmy says: Aug 7, 2012 11:03 AM

    Cocaine is one hell of a drug.

    - Rick James

  8. realitycheck21 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:08 AM

    Yes he was stud at one point. Damn shame his really productive yearz were spent behind bars. Unfortunately he’s done.

  9. wwwfugu says: Aug 7, 2012 11:21 AM

    He can always go back to trafficking

  10. chc4 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:27 AM

    I believe Mr. Henry is Antonio Cromartie-esque in his ability to procreate with various women. Of course if he was in prison for 3 years then he’s already defaulted. It’s a Travis-ty.

  11. Jim says: Aug 7, 2012 11:32 AM

    I hear the seahawks like leftovers.

  12. wildbillesq says: Aug 7, 2012 11:34 AM

    Hopefully this guy can play for the UFL or CFL and at least make some money. Maybe that could help keep his nose clean…

  13. tcostant says: Aug 7, 2012 11:35 AM

    I heard the Redskins are looking for a new RB, seems like a match made in heaven.

  14. stoogy says: Aug 7, 2012 11:35 AM

    steelers need a running back

  15. jwreck says: Aug 7, 2012 12:01 PM

    I believe Mr. Henry is Antonio Cromartie-esque in his ability to procreate with various women. Of course if he was in prison for 3 years then he’s already defaulted. It’s a Travis-ty.
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    First off, I hate puns, but that was good, I’ll give you that.

    But point being: Cromartie is Travis Henry-esque in his massive collection of offspring, not the other way round. Henry was there first, and has more kids. Plus, he did it on a smaller salary. The champ is back.

    Well by “back”, I mean that if a team’s first, second, and third string tailbacks are all injured in a horrific accident, some GM might consider the possibility of bringing Henry in for a tryout, but the next morning when he’s sober he’ll realize he doesn’t have time to waste like that.

  16. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 7, 2012 12:14 PM

    I understand age is an important factor, but, if he’s been out of the game for three years, his body isn’t as beat up as a player that’s been in the NFL the past three seasons. If his speed is in tact, why not sign him? Everyone deserves a chance, I know it sounds cliche, but, it’s true.

  17. 1historian says: Aug 7, 2012 12:19 PM

    I can’t help noticing that a lot of you seem to take an inordinate delight in the troubles of other people.

    After looking at the picture of they guy I can’t help wondering how brave you would be if you were within range of his fists.

  18. seanb20124 says: Aug 7, 2012 12:55 PM

    I remember Sammy Smith (FSU) once talked about coming back to the NFL. Did not work out.

  19. smartbutlazy says: Aug 7, 2012 1:00 PM

    If this guy gets a workout, Tiki will be SO flabbergasted.

  20. huskersrock1 says: Aug 7, 2012 1:07 PM

    Let the wage garnishment begin! This man will never get a full paycheck in his life, he will bounce around from job to job until the state starts taking part of his check and he will die in debt to his baby mamas.

    Unless of course he sells drugs, he will get to keep 100% then.

    What do you think is going to happen?

  21. fdugrad says: Aug 7, 2012 2:05 PM

    Well….he IS a tad long in the tooth, but on the upside, one or two of his baby mamma’s kids MUST be old enough to enter the draft and support the families, including Travis!!

  22. jjbadd385 says: Aug 7, 2012 3:16 PM

    Hell, half of my Broncos roster is on the wrong side of 30. What’s one more..

  23. backindasaddle says: Aug 7, 2012 9:54 PM

    Put him on the field and he’s liable to snort up the entire sideline.

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