Kenny Britt Injury: Latest on WR's Week 1 Status, Kendall Wright's Reps and More
As in, when will he actually play this season?
Here's what we know thus far.
Update: Thursday, August 30 at 7:06 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Pro Football Talk followed up reports regarding Britt's suspension with this news Thursday evening:
Source tells PFT that Kenny Britt has decided not to appeal his suspension.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 30, 2012
This isn't surprising when you consider that the NFL's punishment could have been much harsher. Instead of fighting the decision, Britt will patiently wait for Week 2 to arrive.
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Update: Thursday, August 30 at 5:20 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Britt was activated from Tennessee's PUP list on Wednesday, but he did get some bad news on Thursday.
According to Tennessean reporter Jim Wyatt, the NFL has suspended Britt for the season's opening week:
#Titans WR Kenny Britt will be suspended for one game by the NFL, sources say— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 30, 2012
This suspension was predictable following Britt's eighth run-in with the law this offseason. He will have a chance to play this season, but no one wants to start the season in this position.
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The Titans Removed Him From the PUP List
While Britt won't play in Thursday night's preseason finale, the team did clear him to play and placed him on the active roster on Wednesday. Britt has been recovering from a torn ACL suffered last September, and has undergone three surgeries in the past 10 months.
From a health perspective, he could be good to go for the Titans' season-opener on September 9 against the New England Patriots. Unfortunately, his status to play involves more than just his health.
He Still Likely Faces a Suspension From the NFL
Some guys just can't stay out of trouble. Britt has proven to be one such fellow thus far in his career, and he could be suspended by the league before the start of the season. From NFL.com:
Even when Britt does officially return, he likely faces an NFL suspension for his July 20 arrest for driving under the influence, his eighth incident with police since joining the NFL in 2009.
The NFL announced last week that there is no timeline for Britt's suspension. Britt recently insisted that he is not worried about receiving punishment from the league, calling it "another bump in the road."
I wouldn't expect to see Britt play even when he is given a clean bill of health. Roger Goodell will almost assuredly suspend him for a few games.
Will the Titans Miss Him While He's Gone?
Of course they will, as Britt is unquestionably talented. But the team has solid depth at receiver to lean on during his absence.
Kendall Wright is looking like an impact rookie thus far. #Titans— FOX SPORTS: NFL (@NFLONFOX) August 24, 2012
Plus, new offensive coordinator Chris Palmer is expected to open up the offense more than in previous years, meaning Damian Williams and Lavelle Hawkins should see targets as well. But the trio of Britt, Washington and Wright could be potentially scary for defenses once they see the field together.
Expect Wright to be a playmaker in his rookie season. He'll see plenty of touches in this offense, especially if Britt misses significant time, and will be utilized both outside and in the slot. Even when Britt returns, he could see his touches limited if Wright excels in the Titans' offense.
Be sure to keep it here as more information becomes available regarding Britt's status for Week 1.
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