Kenny Britt undergoes second surgery on injured knee

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 6:32pm

Kenny Britt is suddenly much more ordinary.

Almost from the moment he underwent reconstructive knee surgery on his right knee last fall, coaches and other Tennessee Titans personnel remarked upon the unusually rapid pace of his recovery.

Wednesday, the fourth-year wide receiver underwent a second, albeit relatively minor procedure on the same knee. General manager Ruston Webster confirmed the development during an appearance at a Nashville Sports Council event.

“He’s doing well,” Webster said, according to the Titans’ website. “He was changing directions the other day nicely. It’s more of how his knee reacts after he does that.”

Such follow-up operations are typical to reduce scar tissue or lingering debris in the joint and recovery typically is a matter of weeks. Defensive end Derrick Morgan went through a similar situation late last August and played a regular season game three weeks later.

The major procedure performed on Britt after he was injured in the third game of the season against Denver requires months or even a year of rehabilitation.

In recent comments as part of the Titans Caravan, Britt said he had experienced occasional swelling in the knee.

“It’s almost become commonplace,” Webster said of the second surgery. “It’s not one of those things that was, ‘Wow, we’re having surgery.’ It’s very common, and if it helps his rehab process, it’s well worth doing.

“Our goal is to have him play this year. You don’t want to get into the middle of camp and [need to do something].”

He indicated that Britt likely would be limited during training camp and the preseason but the hope is that he would be ready for the start of the regular season.

The 2009 first-round pick (30th overall) sat out the first three preseason games and several training camp practices in 2011 because of concern over a hamstring injury. He then caught 14 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns in the first two weeks of the regular season.

It is more than two months before the start of the 2012 training camp. The regular season opener is set for Sept. 9 against New England.

“I do think he’ll be ready for the season,” Webster said. “If you remember, we went through this last year where he didn’t play preseason games or played the last preseason game and was ready to go.
“We know when we’re really going to need him — that’s when we line up against New England.”

3 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 5/17/12 at 5:24

This is an excellent time to do a second surgery. This will keep him from participating in a lot of summer drills and foolish pre-season games.

It won't matter that much to the Titans since championships are not part of their expectations.

By: MusicCity615 on 5/17/12 at 7:44

Optimism is obviously not part of your character.

KennyB- I'll be praying for you.


By: st8of10ec on 5/17/12 at 8:45

Kenny Britt is suddenly much more ordinary. I'm wondering if the first sentence of this article will turn out to be more prophetic than we know.Britt was an amazing talent but an ACL could very well relegate him to journeyman status.Something tells me the Titans suspected this when they drafted Kendall Wright.