Hurt knee sits Britt for season
Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 7:02 pm
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — Matt Hasselbeck thinks Kenny Britt might be the best player on the Tennessee roster. Now the quarterback and the rest of the Titans must see if they can keep winning without Britt the rest of this season.
Coach Mike Munchak announced Monday that Britt tore both the ACL and MCL in his right knee and will need season-ending surgery once the swelling subsides. Munchak called it unfortunate news both for Britt and the Titans.
“He was off to a great start this year as we all know, and he’s a special player,” Munchak said. “He’s got a lot of work ahead of him. But he’s young. We know that he’ll be back next year.”
The news couldn’t come at a worse time for the Titans (2-1) who are tied with Houston atop the AFC South with a two-game winning streak. The injury leaves Tennessee with four receivers, and team officials already are looking for someone to fill the spot on the roster. Munchak said they will be working out receivers Tuesday and should have a player added by practice Wednesday.
Munchak also said he wouldn’t rule anything out, but he doesn’t see Terrell Owens, who remains unsigned as he recovers from his own torn ACL, and Randy Moss, who retired after finishing up last season in Tennessee, as options. Justin Gage, an eight-year veteran, spent the past four seasons with the Titans before being released in the final roster cut Sept. 3.
Whoever is signed likely won’t be able to help as the Titans visit Cleveland (2-1) on Sunday, then head to Pittsburgh (2-1) before their bye week.
Replacing Britt will not be easy. The first-round pick out of Rutgers in 2009 was off to the best start of his career with his 289 yards receiving ranked fifth in the NFL even though his knee buckled underneath him in the second quarter of Sunday’s 17-14 win over Denver.
Hasselbeck called it horrible news for Britt. The quarterback said everyone feels bad for someone who has worked so hard and was enjoying a tremendous start to the season.
“Personally from the day I got here, he was one of the guys that I really tried to invest a lot of my time and energy into,” Hasselbeck said. “He’s probably the most talented player on this team at any position, and he could be really special. I think he’s showed glimpses of that, and he was really on fire and off to a great start.”
The Titans kept only five receivers on the roster in the final cuts. Nate Washington is the most experienced and is tied for third in the NFL with 21 receptions.
Published in The Messenger 9.27.11