Kenny Britt, the very gifted wide receiver in Tennessee, may have to have follow up surgery sometime this year. Britt had major surgery to repair his ACL and MCL last October and missed the rest of the season after leading the team in 2009 and 2010.
Head Coach Mike Munchak said that the follow up surgery should be expected since there is anticipated discomfort as Britt ramps up his activity heading into OTAs and full workouts. Munchak compared the situation to that of defensive end Derrick Morgan who had followup surgery last offseason after tearing his ACL in 2010.
Britt greatly improves the Titans offense when he is on the field. He provides a major target for whomever is under center and manages to outfight the corner, safety, linebacker, or whomever is around him for the ball. Powerful receivers like Britt are invaluable. If Britt is forced to miss a week or two due to follow up surgery, it could seriously derail the chance at a very good season for the Titans. WR Kendall Wright – the Titans first round selection – simply is not on the same level as Britt right now and would not be the adequate replacement that the Titans need.
No matter what happens, the Titans should be much better with Britt back and healthy. Even if Britt does not return to full 2010 or 2009 form, his physical presence demands attention from the defense.
The AFC South is better and more competitive with Britt back. I hope that his followup surgery goes well if/when it is required.
- Luke N. Sims