Britt hit with one-game suspension, will miss opener against New England

Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 11:06pm

Now they know.

The Tennessee Titans got word Thursday that wide receiver Kenny Britt would be suspended for one game because he was arrested and charged with drunk driving days before the start of training camp. The decision became public shortly before the Titans 10-6 victory over the New Orleans Saints at LP Field in the final preseason game for both teams.

Britt went to New York on Aug. 6 and met with commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the incident and he and the team had awaited a disciplinary ruling ever since.

“I believe a letter was sent to my house but I found out from my agent,” Britt said. “… I believe it’s fair enough.”

The 2009 first-round draft pick will be barred from the team’s training facility for the first week of the season and he will not be paid for the week. He may return to regular activities Sept. 10, a day after the Titans host the New England Patriots.

However, he will not count against the team’s 53-man roster, which must be set by 7 p.m. (CDT) Friday.

“Kenny only got one game — that’s good news,” rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright said.”

Britt missed all of training camp because of offseason knee surgery but was activated from the physically unable to perform list Tuesday.

“This is what we were all waiting for, to find out exactly,” coach Mike Munchak said. “The league let us know a day before the cut date so we can plan ahead. … I think everyone knowing him and knowing his situation, we feel he’s healthy now and he’s ready to get after it. The league made a decision on what they wanted to do. He understands that and now we know the consequence.”

Said Britt: “I’ll be training as much as I have for the last month to get back in the field. … I’ll be cheering for my teammates and I’ll be ready to go for the second week.”

• Getting rest: The Titans chose not to play several of their key veterans, including running back Chris Johnson, guard Steve Hutchinson, linebacker Will Witherspoon and cornerback Jason McCourty. Most were in uniform but did not take the field.

The Saints kept 26 of their top players out of uniform, including quarterback Drew Brees, running backs Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram and tight end Jimmy Graham.

• Notable preseason numbers: 0 — touchdowns by the Titans in their first four goal-to-go situations. They finally broke through with Jamie Harper’s one-yard run on third-and-goal from the 1 with 8:55 to play in the third quarter against the Saints.

1 — missed extra point by kicker Rob Bironas. The eighth-year veteran has not missed one in the past six regular seasons (209 attempts).

3 — victories in four games. It is the second straight year the Titans went 3-1 in the preseason.

5 — of the defense’s eight interceptions by linebackers. Tim Shaw became the third different linebacker with a pick when he got one in the third quarter against the Saints. Colin McCarthy had three and Zac Diles had one.