Kenny Britt said Tuesday that if not for the scope on his left knee in June that he would probably already be back practicing with the Tennessee Titans.
Britt tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee last September and had a clean-up surgery on that knee in May, but he also had a procedure in late June on his other knee to remove some damaged cartilage. And that, he says, is what is keeping him on the physically unable to perform list.
“To tell you the truth, it's the more recent one. If I didn't have that setback, I'd probably be practicing with the fellas right now, but I got that little bump in the road that set me back,” Britt said. “I just woke up and I felt a little clicking in my knee and a saw a little swelling the next day. They said I tore a little cartilage in there and they cleaned it out, and it actually felt better the next day after the surgery.”
Britt said that he is getting better and still hopes to be in the Titans lineup on opening day Sept. 9 against New England, provided, of course, that he isn't suspended by the league for a July 20 DUI in Fort Campbell, Ky.
“It seems like every day I'm getting closer, but you've got some good days and some great days, and then one of those days where your knee feels really sore, and you feel like you need to back it up and things like that,” Britt said. “Hopefully, I'll get back for the first week of the regular season or maybe even closer than that. I'm just taking it a day at a time.”
Britt said the soreness in his knee returned one day last week on a day away from running. But he was glad there was not swelling.
“I went probably seven days straight with no rest and I felt great trying it out running. I was doing everything in the weightroom and on the field and getting better each day. And then they gave me a day off to rest my legs, and it got a little sore, but there was no puffing up or no swelling, and I'm happy about that,” Britt said.
The receiver says his focus is simply on getting ready to play football, not on an impending suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“I really don't think about it. I'm just focused on getting better and looking forward to the day I can get back out there and help my team out,” he said. “That's something I'm not putting in my head right now.”