If you wanted to write a book on the way to ensure that you won’t return to your current team after your contract expires, you could do worse than use Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt as inspiration.
Since the start of the 2013 season, Britt has hurt the team enough with penalties as a blocker that he was benched for part of Week Two and then compounded the issue by complaining about it on Twitter. Week Three brought another penalty, a dropped pass and another seat on the bench at the end of the game as the Titans opted to go with rookie Justin Hunter on the final drive, which ended with Hunter making the game-winning touchdown catch.
On Wednesday, Britt revealed he’s also struggling with a fractured rib suffered in the victory over the Chargers last Sunday. It kept him out of practice, although Britt vowed that he won’t be out long.
“I am feeling a lot better,” Britt said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “I plan on playing through it. I plan on being at practice tomorrow actually.”
Britt says his confidence hasn’t been shaken in the first three weeks, but the Titans’ confidence in him doesn’t appear to be as sturdy. Hunter’s playing time was trending up before Britt’s injury and the fact that he’ll be with the team next year while Britt will almost certainly be playing elsewhere doesn’t suggest that trend will be halted anytime soon.