Kenny Britt called his one-game banishment from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell “a gift from God.”
Britt will miss the Tennessee Titans season opener against New England because of a July 20 DUI arrest at the Fort Campbell, Ky., Army Post, but will return the following week on the road against San Diego.
“I'm glad that it's over with and I'm glad it's in the past. I'm looking forward to the future. Of course, I was worried that it was going to be longer. This is a predicament that I didn't think I was going to be in but I was in it, and I'm glad it's over,” Britt said.
Britt said he didn't know what to expect, but many believed that after eight run-ins with the Law, the Titans 2009 first-round pick could have been banished for a much longer period of time.
“Actually, it's a gift from God that it's only one week. I'm just happy that God spoke to him (Goodell) and put the right thing in his heart and I'll move forward. It's definitely a relief,” he said.
Titans general manager Ruston Webster was glad that the matter was finally resolved, in an interview with TitanInsider.com.
“One game is one game too many, and Kenny knows that, but it's nice to have it behind us,” Webster said.
Britt will not be allowed in the team facility during the week-long ban, which begins this coming week and will end on Sept. 10. He found out about the suspension from his agent, who received a letter from the league.
“I'll be training. What else would I be doing? I'll be training and getting ready to help my team in that second game. I want to let them know that I'm ready to go,” Britt said. 'I'm just happy that it's in the past and I'm going forward.”
The Titans are likely to go into the first game against the Patriots with only four receivers on the roster, since Britt is only down for one week. Britt, who has had three knee procedures since tearing his ACL and MCL last September, would have only been able to play a handful of snaps against New England anyway as he was only activated from the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday.