Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt started the year off with a bang, developing a strong rapport with new starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and catching 14 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns in the process.
But when he landed awkwardly on his knee in the second quarter of the Titans' game against the Denver Broncos, he was knocked out of the game.
The Titans went on to beat the Broncos 17-14, but Titans fans were dreading the prognosis of Tennessee's star receiver. Their worst fears have been confirmed with early reports that Britt's season has come to a disappointing end.
CBSSports.com reports that Britt tore his right ACL and MCL, which will require surgery and effectively end his 2011 season.
This is a heavy loss for the Titans, who will now have to lean on Nate Washington and Damian Williams in the passing game. Both are very capable receivers, but neither are quite the caliber of Kenny Britt.
Britt was on pace for 88 catches and an astounding 2,024 receiving yards, and although he very likely wouldn't have hit that high a total in yardage, 88 catches on the season was not out of the question. Either way, Britt was on pace to have his best NFL season yet.
The Titans still have hope, though. At 2-1, they are tied with the Houston Texans for first place in the AFC South and have been playing well as of late. Hasselbeck is playing as well as he has in years, and with players like Washington, Williams and Britt at his disposal, this can still be a very solid offense.
Nevertheless, the team's chances at a division crown and subsequent playoff birth took a big hit with the loss of the electric Britt.