The Tennessee Titans are going to have to make some sort of decision on Kenny Britt, unless of course, the league office does it for them.
Britt is still on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list from training camp, and says he is getting stronger and closer to a return. Britt was running, cutting and catching passes on the side Sunday as he tries to come back from three knee procedures in the off-season.
“I'm feeling a lot closer than I have been. Today was a good day. I went out there and ran, and my knee didn't get sore. Usually when I run and do those things, my legs get a little sore, but both my legs feel good,” Britt said. “I just want to be out there with the fellows and be able to be back with the team. I want to be back there with the guys and be out there focusing on what we have to do to get ready for the season.”
There is the possibility that Britt will be suspended by the NFL for a DUI arrest in July at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Army post, his eighth run-in with the law since the Titans drafted him in 2009.
“That's something that whatever happens happens, I'm taking it on the chin but right now I'm concerned about getting back out there on the field with my teammates,” Britt said.
Britt's situation is “still under review,” according to what NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told TitanInsider last Friday. But in terms of health, Mike Munchak is hopeful Britt could be back soon.
“We have to make a decision by next Friday on his status, where he’s at and how we’re going to go forward with him. That’s coming up here in the next four or five days,” Munchak said.
Even if Britt is activated from PUP this week, he won't play Thursday night against New Orleans.
“Even if we felt he was ready for that, we probably wouldn’t do that,” Munchak said. “We would probably give him the extra 10 days to actually go on the field. Depending on how it goes, even if he is we would rather him play a dozen or 15 snaps, and it won’t matter if he doesn’t play until the opener as far as what he will be asked to do. It is a unique position because at X you are out there by yourself anyway, one-on-one quite a bit at the position he plays. It is not like you are dealing with the other interior of the line where there are a lot of bodies around and you’re lacking confidence. That gives you hope that maybe it is something that he will be able to do early in the season.”