Why Kenny Britt May Have to Play on Sunday More Than Tennessee Titans Want

Benjamin MottCorrespondent IIISeptember 15, 2012

Kenny Britt may be needed on Sunday, as the Titans only have three completely healthy receivers currently on the roster.
Kenny Britt may be needed on Sunday, as the Titans only have three completely healthy receivers currently on the roster.Jeff Gross/Getty Images

This Sunday, at long last, Kenny Britt will finally play. And he may be needed a lot more than it's expected for him to be used.

Britt more than likely will be active on Sunday as the Tennessee Titans take on the San Diego Chargers, which would be his first game action since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) against the Denver Broncos last year in Week 3.

If Britt does play, he will only get 15-25 snaps, according to TitansInsider.com's Terry McCormick.

Britt's return was postponed due to a one-game suspension handed down by the league for a DUI arrest this past offseason, although he was only expected to get 12-15 snaps in Week 1 anyway.

I understand that the Titans want to preserve Britt. Considering the severity of ACL and MCL tears, the Titans do not want to rush him back on to the field and risk a possible setback, aggravation or even re-injury. The team is being very precautionary.

However, with Nate Washington questionable with a leg contusion, the Titans will have only three completely healthy receivers—Kendall Wright, Damian Williams and LaVelle Hawkins. Darius Reynaud did get snaps at receiver after Washington went down with his injury last Sunday in the Titans' 34-13 loss to the New England Patriots.

If Washington can't go, either the Titans will have to play Britt more than the 25 plays that head coach Mike Munchak said he'd play, or Munchak will have to wait until the second half to use him.

Britt showed flashes of being a big-name receiver last year. He caught 17 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns in two-and-a-half-games last year, including a big, nine-catch performance against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2.

The Titans aren't alone in the injury department.

Chargers CB Quentin Jammer is questionable with a broken hand (although it's expected that he will play, with a cast on the hand), and Shareece Wright, the nickel corner, is listed as out due to a sprained ankle, both according to San Diego's injury report.

That leaves just Antoine Cason and Marcus Gilchrist as the only healthy cornerbacks on the Chargers roster, meaning the Titans may not be in such bad shape if Washington can't play.

It remains to be seen whether or not Britt can pick up where he left off last season. But, with only three other healthy receivers on the team, the Titans may need him to this Sunday.