Kenny Britt Suspended One Game by Roger Goodell, Titans Catch a Break

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistAugust 30, 2012

Just one game! Just one game!
Just one game! Just one game!Grant Halverson/Getty Images

After weeks of speculation, the NFL finally announced that Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt will only get a one-game suspension from the league following his recent DUI charge.

According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean,

The one game suspension comes fast on the heels of news that the troubled and oft-injured wideout was coming off the PUP list to begin workouts with the team (hat tip to Wyatt again). He was to begin working out with the Titans next week, though that will be put on hold because of his suspension.

The news came as a relief to Britt and to Titans fans as it was widely speculated that the suspension could have been much worse. Britt is integral to the Titans' hopes in 2012, despite missing the entire preseason with an injury.

Britt chose not to appeal (nod to Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk), and after the Titans win over the Saints told reporters of his gratitude that things were not worse.

The disciplinary action is yet another warning-shot by the NFL to Britt who now must stay out of trouble to avoid further discipline. Earlier in the offseason the narrative around the talented receiver was that he had grown up and matured, but then spent camp ducking a series of incidents including complaining about a team fine on Twitter and his DUI charge.

For Britt, the suspension will cost a game check, but for the Titans, the impact is minimal. Britt wasn't necessarily ready to play big minutes in the season opener. As much as they want and need his presence in the lineup, he'll now have another week to heal up.

Now, the Titans can exhale knowing one of their best weapons will only be off the table for a week, and a week in which he would probably have only had limited availability anyway.

This news is a boon for a team that promises to be on the cusp of contention. If Britt can stay healthy and productive for the 15 remaining games, the Titans can contend for a playoff spot.

Another incident or injury will likely not only derail Britt, but the Tennessee hopes for the postseason as well.