For Kenny Britt, it might have been baby steps, but he was certainly happy with the results.
Britt, who had a second knee procedure last month on his reconstructed right knee, Thursday marked his first time running since the follow-up surgery.
Britt, who originally had ACL and MCL surgery in October, said he performed five 100-yard sprints on Thursday without wearing his knee brace, the first such running he has done since the second surgery.
“I'm happy about it. Now, it's on to the next step,” Britt said.
For Britt, the real next step will be trying to get back on the field as quickly as possible. Titans coach Mike Munchak said Britt would probably be very limited during the early part of camp and that his first work, when he is ready, would be in non-contact 7-on-7 drills.
“He’s kind of back to where he was almost before he had the scope, and probably by next week, he’ll feel he’s back to where he was,” Munchak said. “It’s just a matter of how his knee responds to cutting and running routes over the next month. There’s nothing to say it wouldn’t go well. When he gets to camp, he’ll be limited obviously, but we’ll start inserting him into drills and maybe 7-on-7 where there’s not much contact, and he can get his confidence back. Then, we’ll have a feel for where he’s at.”
Britt, who wasn’t scheduled to run until next week, would like to speed the full clearance timetable up as well. His next move will be to test the knee by running some routes and cutting.
“I want to be ready by camp, to tell you the truth. I don't want to go
out there with a helmet and shoulder pads on the first week of the season and not be on the same page with Matt (Hasselbeck) or Jake (Locker),” Britt said.