Kenny Britt is finally ready to return for the Tennessee Titans after nearly a year away from football.
Britt tore his ACL last year against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 25, and had had clean-up procedures on each knee since then. After sitting out a one-game suspension, Britt is finally set to come back when the Titans visit the San Diego Chargers this week. He practiced for the first time since the injury on Wednesday.
Britt, who will play only around 15 to 25 plays, doesn't sound as worried about whether his knees will hold up as he does about making a costly mistake because of his time away.
“The only thing that's on my mind now is being out there and knowing my plays and knowing the right thing to do out there. That's the only thing I should be focused on. If I focus on anything else, I could go out there and make a mistake, and that's one thing I don't want to do,” he said.
One thing Britt will have to do is try to get up to speed with new quarterback Jake Locker. Locker, the Titans' 2011 first-round pick, has had very few reps with Britt, since Britt missed most of last season and was on PUP for all of training camp this summer.
Locker believes the two will develop a rapport as they play together, something that will begin this week in practice.
“Kenny will definitely be getting back into his rhythm while he's out there and I'll have the opportunity to kind of find that with him,” Locker said. “I'm not worried about not being on the same page. We'll have the opportunity to work this week, and get familiar with each other, and I look forward to that.
“We do have a lot of weapons as it is, but Kenny is a difference maker. When he's at his best, he's one of the best in the league, and it's always good to have those guys on your side.”