Kenny Britt Injury: Updates on Titans WR's Ankle

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18:   Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titan is tackled in the end zone after catching a pass for a touchdown during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at the LP Field on September 18, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans defeated the Ravens 26 to 13.   (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Kenny Britt was suspended for the first game of the season, but his troubles haven't ended there this year.

A sprained ankle forced him to miss the Tennessee Titans' Week 4 game against the Houston Texans, and it appears that the injury hasn't disappeared just yet.

 

UPDATE: Sunday, October 7 at 3:20 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Surprising news for the Titans today—Britt is active on Sunday. From Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:

WR Kenny Britt, LB Colin McCarthy both active today for #Titans. And a list of the inactives... tnne.ws/UvX0LU

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 7, 2012

While I wouldn't recommend Britt as anything more than an emergency flex for folks, he'll be available for the Titans. 

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Update: October 5, 2:31 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

Bad news on Britt coming out of Titan practice on Friday, as ESPN's AFC South Blogger Paul Kuharsky is reporting that the talented wide out was a no-show.

Britt didn't practice, McCarthy limited both questionable. Cook full practice and probable. #Titans

— Paul Kuharsky (@espn_afcsouth) October 5, 2012

Additionally, Titans' beat writer Terry McCormick is reporting that the Titans are going to test out Britt on Saturday and Sunday. With a short week after Sunday's game coming up, it sounds like Britt won't be out there until Thursday night against the Steelers, and even that is up in the air.

#Titans will test Britt on Saturday and Sunday and See if he can go. Thursday gamevs Steelers a consideration.

— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) October 5, 2012

Stay tuned for updates on Britt's ankle, and if the Titans will have their No. 1 receiver for two key matchups in the next two weeks.

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Update: October 4, 4:48 p.m. ET by Brian Mazique

John Glennon of the Tennessean reports that Titans head coach doesn't sound optimistic about Britt's progress thus far:

Munchak said Britt not doing as much as team had hoped

— John Glennon (@glennonsports) October 4, 2012

 

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According to the Titans' Twitter feed, Britt practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday:

Munchak said Kenny Britt was limited in practice today. #Titans

— Tennessee Titans (@tennesseetitans) October 3, 2012

He's listed as questionable for Tennessee's Week 5 contest versus the Minnesota Vikings on ESPN's current injury report.

Britt was able to play on a limited basis against the San Diego Chargers in Week 2, recording one catch for five yards. He then caught six passes for 55 yards against the Detroit Lions in Week 3 before injuring his ankle in the fourth quarter.

Not only is this a tough break for Britt, but it hampers the Titans offense. Aside from their 44-point outburst versus Detroit, the team has scored less than 15 points in every other game this season.

Britt isn't a complete solution to that issue, but if healthy, he's the best vertical threat on the team.

Sadly, that's a big if. Britt missed all but three games last season with a torn ACL. Add in the fact that he's had eight run-ins with the police since being drafted in 2009, and he's yet to realize his full potential.

According to ESPN, Britt is owned in nearly 93 percent of standard-scoring leagues. He's a capable bench option, especially when you consider the production he's capable of.

In 2009, as a rookie, Britt had 42 catches for 701 yards and three touchdowns. He followed that up in 2010 with a 42-catch, 775-yard and nine-touchdown performance.

He's the No. 1 receiving option the Titans desperately need. Jake Locker has been ruled out for Sunday's game, according to ESPN, further hindering the team's offensive firepower.

Britt doesn't seem to be far away from playing, but his status could be up in the air all the way until game time.

Stay tuned for more updates concerning the Titans wideout.