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Titans expecting Britt decision soon

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Receiver Kenny Britt may not be worried about whether he gets suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell, but Britt’s employer is.

The Tennessee Titans have roster decisions to make, and they need to know whether Britt will be among the 53 players available to suit up and play.  As a result, John Glennon of the Tennessean reports that the Titans expect to hear something before August 31, the date on which the rosters must drop from 75 to 53.

“That will be something that about a week from now, we’ll know more,” coach Mike Munchak said Friday.

As we recently explained, a suspension would trigger an appeal period.  Britt would have three business days under the personal-conduct policy to initiate the process.  If suspended under the substance-abuse policy, Britt would have five days to appeal.  Then, a hearing would have to be scheduled and conducted and a decision would have to be made.  So even if Britt gets a suspension letter this week, there won’t be much of an opportunity to get the process concluded before Week One, when the Patriots come to town.

While Britt remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list due to a torn ACL that occurred last September, the team has said that he could participate in 10-to-15 snaps in the first regular-season game.

The delay possibly arises from the fact that the NFL doesn’t quite know what to do with Britt.  On one hand, his July DUI arrest was his eighth incident in three years.  On the other hand, it was his first DUI — and the substance-abuse policy plainly states that the ordinary punishment for a first-offense DUI is a two-game fine, after the case is resolved with some attachment of guilt to the player.

Thus, any effort to suspend Britt via a straw-that-broke-the-camel’s-back theory under the personal-conduct policy would be undermined by the reality that the straw that is breaking the camera’s back doesn’t even fall within the confines of the personal-conduct policy.  Which means that the NFL could be inviting another lawsuit if the NFL tries to suspend Britt under the personal-conduct policy for something that falls under the substance-abuse policy.

Either way, it’s going to be difficult to finalize a suspension by Week One.  So when making their final roster cuts, the Titans should assume that, at least for the first game of the regular season, one of the 53-man roster spots will be devoted to Britt.

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20 Responses to “Titans expecting Britt decision soon”
  1. downslide33 says: Aug 25, 2012 11:28 PM

    Id love to see what this guy could do if his brain was as talented as his body.

  2. socaljetsfan says: Aug 25, 2012 11:29 PM

    some never learn

  3. nyjets1017 says: Aug 25, 2012 11:30 PM

    If i made half of what these guys made i would be a model citizen. i would sign autographs all day and chill at my huge mansion at night.

  4. fm31970 says: Aug 25, 2012 11:39 PM

    Thank goodness Kendall Wright looks like the real deal so far.

  5. smokinjoes91 says: Aug 25, 2012 11:41 PM

    Even if he does get suspended it will be around 2-4 games, nothing too serious. He’s definitely worth a pick in your fantasy draft.

    Britt is a beast on the field

  6. jdhein22 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:49 AM

    Camera’s back?

  7. randallflagg52 says: Aug 26, 2012 4:28 AM

    How did a guy as clueless as Kenny Britt come from the same school as a guy as classy as Ray Rice? I’m not a titans fan at all but Britt is an elite talent, the fact that he hasn’t been able to put it all together is pretty sad. This guy has the potential to be an annual pro bowler, he needs to stop clowning around…

  8. jobotjones says: Aug 26, 2012 4:43 AM

    “Britt would have three business days under the personal-conduct policy to initiate the process. If suspended under the substance-abuse policy, Britt would have five days to appeal. ”
    _____________________
    Is this rule in place so that the player in question has a few extra days to sober up?

  9. watermelon1 says: Aug 26, 2012 7:14 AM

    Thus, any effort to suspend Britt via a straw-that-broke-the-camel’s-back theory under the personal-conduct policy would be undermined by the reality that the straw that is breaking the camera’s back doesn’t even fall within the confines of the personal-conduct policy.
    ============================

    Did I miss some clever pun hidden in this statement… or did someone actually just say “the straw that is breaking the CAMERA’S back?”

  10. bleedgreen says: Aug 26, 2012 7:41 AM

    Is Britt even really that good? The only game I’ve ever seen him TRULY dominate is when the Eagles had a hurt Ellis Hobbs covering him 1 on 1 the entire game. Seems his entire reputation is from burning a one legged CB. He’s only played in 2 complete seasons and has yet to break 800 yards receiving. He’s got 15 TDs in 35 regular season games. His only OTHER remarkable performance, aside from the Eagles game in 2010, was against the Ravens in week2 last year. Every other game he’s had with over 90 yards was against teams with TERRIBLE secondaries. Jacksonville (2009, 27th in passing defense), Arizona (2009, 23rd, and Houston (2010, 32nd).

    This is an awful lot of fuss for a guy that hasn’t really done anything.

  11. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 26, 2012 7:58 AM

    Jake Locker is also a sleeper in FF

  12. mute617 says: Aug 26, 2012 8:07 AM

    Straw can break the back of a camera?? Well, no more photos of me playing in a barn!

  13. mikeyhigs says: Aug 26, 2012 8:11 AM

    It’s pretty shameful that a player can’t get suspended for a DUI. They should treat it like a crime AND a substance abuse issue. Think about it…Terrelle Pryor got suspended 5 games for selling college memorobilia that he legally owned while he wasn’t even an NFL player. Britt has had 8 incidents with the police and they can’t suspend him. Maybe 1 day, logic will prevail.

  14. wikipediasaidso says: Aug 26, 2012 8:52 AM

    With all the things Britt’s done to rag on him about — and there are many — when he said he “wasn’t worried” about a suspension, he said it in the context of “I’m not worried about that right now because my main concern at the moment is getting off the PUP.” He wasn’t being all devil-may-care about the subject.

    The guy frustrates me on a regular basis with his poor judgement off the field, and I hope either the Titans or Goodell put him in a 2-game or so timeout for it, but that quote was not one of those moments where I wonder what the hell he was thinking.

  15. greymares says: Aug 26, 2012 9:01 AM

    suspension,seriously ? make an example of this jerk and EXPELL him !!!

  16. michaeljacksonisback says: Aug 26, 2012 9:30 AM

    If he would learn my moonwalk route he would unstoppable HEE HEEE

  17. nashwaakkidd says: Aug 26, 2012 11:00 AM

    he’ll be living in a cardboard box under an overpasss before long. million dollar talent with a 10 cent brain.

  18. wikipediasaidso says: Aug 26, 2012 11:12 AM

    The only game I’ve ever seen him TRULY dominate is when the Eagles had a hurt Ellis Hobbs covering him 1 on 1 the entire game
    ——

    So bleedgreen…have you ever really watched any of Britt’s other games other than the one against your Iggles? Or are you just reading off his stat line?

    Physically, yes, when healthy Britt is worth the fuss. You don’t get a 17.5 YPC career average based on one big game. He’s versatile can go across the middle and beat guys with his size and he can win on the outside with his speed. He could definitely stand to be more consistent overall, but the guy hasn’t even turned 24 yet — he’s still got a lot of upside.

    The “when healthy” issue is a big one with him (recurring hamstring trouble which was a big problem including multiple games missed in 2010, and then the ACL after a fast start in 2011), plus there’s the issue of him being a grade-A knucklehead.

    If he ever gets his act together and if he stays healthy (yeah, big “ifs”), he is the kind of receiving threat every team that doesn’t have one is always looking for.

  19. addict2sport says: Aug 26, 2012 11:20 AM

    If I get a DUI I lose my job. If I’m arrested 8 times I probably never get hired by any employer ever again. These guys have no clue how privileged they are.

  20. PurpleRaid18 says: Aug 29, 2012 11:40 AM

    As a Vikings fan, anything less than a three game suspension for this idiot is unacceptable (I’m not saying that as a knock on the Titans organization or Britt’s talent) But Jerome Simpson – Vikings WR – is suspended for three games after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana, but has had an absolutely incident-free record prior to. Meanwhile, Britt has received warning, after warning from the commissioner and he continued to break the law. He was arrested in April on three counts (one a felony) of evading police with a vehicle and then in June was charged with resisting arrest, and his most recent a DWI in July. That’s THREE arrests while in the NFL and evidently he’s had seven previous arrests all together. Dude is an absolute moron, albeit with immense talent, but he deserves to be suspended for more than three games.

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