Kenny Britt Lucks Out with 1-Game Suspension: How Well Will He Fare in 2012?

Benjamin MottCorrespondent IIIAugust 30, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:   Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titans runs for yardage during the season opener game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Somehow, someway, despite all that he did this past offseason, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt basically got let off of the hook.

The NFL handed Britt a one-game suspension on Thursday, a lot less of a punishment than many speculated he'd get. The only game he'll miss is the season opener against the New England Patriots on September 9th.

Barring another arrest, the only football-related question remaining is whether or not he'll return to the form he showed last season in the three games he played before his season-ending knee injury.

In retrospect, the suspension may actually benefit Britt more than hurt him, as he now has another week to prepare his surgically-repaired knee, although it's likely that the Titans would have limited his snaps if he would have been able to play the first game anyway.

Britt has a plethora of talented receivers behind him in Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Damian Williams and Lavelle Hawkins. That said, the Titans more than likely will let Britt take his time getting his knee to be as close to 100 percent as you could possibly get a surgically-repaired knee to be. Although the Titans would love to have his services if he's able to play, they certainly don't need him right away.

With second-year quarterback Jake Locker the starter this season after Matt Hasselbeck started all season, Britt will have to adjust to having a new quarterback throwing the ball to him, as Britt was injured before Locker saw his first game action.

All in all, Britt may have a few bad games to start the season with him possibly having to shed some of the field rust off of him, but if he was working as hard as it was reported he was, he'll be fine.

If you remember, in the last week of the 2009-10 regular season, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker suffered the same exact injury as Britt did. Since then, Welker has had 208 catches, 2,417 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons, including his huge year last year where he led the league in catches with 122, and finished second in receiving yards with 1569. Just something to keep in mind.

All in all, Britt should be fine. Maybe he won't put up crazy numbers like he did against Jacksonville and Baltimore last season every game, but he should return as a solid receiver for the Tennessee Titans once he's back from suspension.