Tennessee Titans fans who have been waiting to see the explosive Kenny Britt that was on his way to becoming a dominant wide receiver before his knee injury last year will have to wait a little longer.
That is the opinion of Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer, who said the real Britt probably won't resurface until 2013.
Britt tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in game three last year, and had an additional procedure on each knee in the off-season, plus an ankle problem that cost him a game this year as well.
“I don't think you'll see Kenny Britt 100 percent until next year. The history of that injury is one that it takes time,” Palmer said. “In my 22 years in the league, very, very seldom does a guy come back and is 100 percent. That's doesn't mean that they're not good players and they don't play well, but the Kenny Britt that I saw last year, he's not back yet. He's playing well and he's doing what he can do under the circumstances.”
The numbers back up Palmer's theory as Britt has 27 catches for 312 yards and just one touchdown. Last year, he had 17 receptions for 289 yards in just two-and-a-half games before the devastating injury.
Britt's best game this season was six receptions for 55 yards against Detroit and five catches for 67 yards against Chicago. Prior to the injury, Britt had six 100 yard receiving games, but has had none since his return.
“I don't know if it's more frustrating to him or more frustrating to the coaches. You have a talent, and you're counting on this guy, and it's like everything, you just have to live through that period of time until he is fully recovered,” Palmer said.
Coach Mike Munchak says that Britt is doing well with all he has dealt with, but believes the receiver can still make an impact over the Titans final six games.
“It's not just the ACL. He's had other things going on. Will he ever be as good as he was? I think next year he should be a lot better when he has a full off-season and a full camp,” Munchak said. “I think just getting through all the motions of a game and all that stuff, he's playing through that. Next year I think he should be better, but we're still expecting big things out of him these last six games.”