Kenny Britt Injury Updates

8:08pm EDT 8/22/18

The Patriots released WR Kenny Britt. He struggled to shake a hamstring injury in camp and missed the first 2 preseason games. New England is left with Phillip Dorsett, Eric Decker and Cordarrelle Patterson behind Chris Hogan. Julian Edelman, of course, is suspended for the first 4 games.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe projected New England's 53-man roster Monday and did not include Kenny Britt among the WRs. Volin projects Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Eric Decker and Cordarrelle Patterson making the roster, with Julian Edelman opening the year on suspension and Riley McCarron going to the practice squad. Britt has yet to practice in training camp because of a hamstring injury. "If Britt can't get on the field soon, his time with the Patriots might end swiftly," Volin writes. This is just 1 writer's opinion, of course, but we have to weigh all these opinions from regular observers of the team this time of year -- especially when deciding how to treat murky situations such as New England's WR corps in our fantasy football drafts. For now, Britt's a risky late-round option in any format. If he does get the boot, there's no guarantee he catches on elsewhere. Among the 3 new veterans listed, Patterson is probably the best bet to stick because of his value in the return game.

The Patriots have released WR Jordan Matthews. That didn't take long. After reportedly impressing in spring workouts, Matthews suffered a significant hamstring injury in Sunday's camp practice. We'll see if and when he resurfaces, but he's obviously off the redraft radar now. New England is left with Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson and rookie Braxton Berrios behind Chris Hogan and the suspended Julian Edelman. Malcolm Mitchell remains sidelined with his knee issue.

Update: New England ended up placing Matthews (hamstring) on IR. He'll likely end up being released with an injury settlement.

Patriots WR Jordan Matthews is dealing with what NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls a "significant" hamstring injury. Matthews went down in practice on Sunday and hasn't been back on the field since. He had been considered the favorite to step in during Julian Edelman's 4-game suspension, but this injury throws a wrench in those plans. We've heard positive buzz on WRs Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson early in camp. And New England has shown some interest in free-agent WR Eric Decker. This remain a wide-open situation that we'll be monitoring closely.

Browns WR Kenny Britt missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday with knee and groin injuries. He's been arguably the worst WR in the league through 4 games, and these injuries won't help. Britt shouldn't be in Week 5 fantasy lineups.

X-rays confirmed that Browns WR Corey Coleman broke his hand in Sunday's loss to the Ravens, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. We haven't seen a timetable for return yet, but Coleman missed 6 weeks with the same injury last year. Expect something similar this time around. He could re-emerge as a fantasy asset over the 2nd half of the season but is droppable in shallower fantasy leagues. Coleman's injury is theoretically a big opportunity for Kenny Britt, but he's been invisible through 2 games. WR Rashard Higgins led the team with 11 targets, 7 catches and 95 yards in Week 2. He's worth a look in deeper leagues.

Rams WR Kenny Britt might be held out of the 3rd preseason game after suffering a shoulder injury in last weekend's exhibition.  Beat writer Jim Thomas calls it a "ding," so it doesn't sound like a serious concern.  Of course, injuries have been a recurring issue for Britt, but at least it's not his knee.  He remains an intriguing late-round sleeper in fantasy drafts.

WR Kenny Britt has agree to a 1-year deal with the Rams, according to Pro Football Talk.  Rams HC Jeff Fisher, of course, drafted Britt in the 1st round back in 2009 as the coach of the Titans.  They spent 2 years together before Fisher resigned and then took over in St. Louis.  Britt has always carried loads of talent but damaged his production with injuries and repeated off-field issues.  Fisher clearly believes that Britt's worth the risk, and the Rams still need the playmaking help on offense.  The 6'3, 223-pound 25-year-old (until September) will make for a high-upside gamble in the double-digit rounds of your fantasy football draft this summer.  Any earlier than Round 10, and the risk probably outweighs the upside.  If Britt stays healthy and out of trouble, his arrival can only help QB Sam Bradford.  It could also help create room inside for 2nd-year slot man Tavon Austin.

Titans WR Kenny Britt revealed that he suffered a "slight" rib fracture in last weekend's game against the Chargers.  “I could say Monday and Tuesday were my worst days. But I am feeling a lot better,” Britt said Wednesday. “I plan on playing through it. I plan on being at practice tomorrow actually.”  Rib injuries are tough to play through.  Britt isn't a fantasy option this week and is droppable if there's an intriguing name sitting on your waiver wire.

Titans WR Kenny Britt has missed the past 2 days of practice with soreness and swelling in his right knee.  It's the first negative report we've had on Britt's health all offseason.  The team reportedly isn't concerned about this issue, and Britt is expected to play in the 2nd preseason game on Saturday.  “We just have to be smart, because it is all about getting him to September,” HC Mike Munchak said.  “No concerns at all,” Britt said. “I wish I could be out there practicing with the fellas, but I am just taking a few days off and making sure I don’t have any setbacks.”  We'll keep an eye on this one.  Britt remains an injury risk but also carries plenty of fantasy upside.

Titans WR Kenny Britt enjoyed a healthy spring.  He's remained that way through the 1st week of training camp.  "Kenny is running as well as he’s run," HC Mike Munchak said.  "He’s confident. He likes what we’re doing. Everything is plus, plus, plus with Kenny."  Britt is flying a bit under the radar right now.  His 12-team ADP is sitting at 8.08 as the 37th WR off the board. Britt remains an injury risk, but he has the potential to blow by that draft price.

Titans WR Kenny Britt has flashed elite ability over his first 4 NFL seasons.  But his career has been checkered by injuries and off-field trouble.  Now he's entering the final year of his contract with the Titans, who added 2nd-round rookie WR Justin Hunter.  It's a make-or-break year for Britt in Tennessee. “Every year is important to me, but this year it's important for me to come out and stay healthy,” he said. “I feel good. I feel like I'm in the best shape I've ever been in, so I'm excited about this year. I'm not going to worry about the contract, because that's for later. I'm just more worried about me staying healthy.”  Britt admits he was a step slow last year, when he was returning from a torn ACL and MCL.  But he's reportedly in top form now.  “I'm gonna be the receiver I was two years ago, and I'm probably gonna be even better than that because I've focused more on football than I ever have in my life the last few months," Britt said.  "I'm excited to see what I can do this year."  Britt remains a big-time risk/reward fantasy option.  But he's coming off the board in the 8th or 9th round in early drafts.  His upside makes him an intriguing dice-roll there.

The Titans don't expect WR Kenny Britt to return to pre-injury form until next season.  “It’s going to be a situation where anytime you’re away from football for a year, the prudent thing is, ‘Hey, it’s going to take a year,’” OC Chris Palmer said. “He’s playing well and each day he gets better. Each day he works on something. But is he the Kenny Britt that we had the first three weeks (in 2011)? Not in my opinion.”  Britt is averaging just 10.3 yards per catch this season.  He topped 16.5 in each of his first 3 years.  Britt doesn't think he's as explosive in and out of his breaks, and says he's had to re-learn how to read coverages.  Don't expect him to return to the top 5 form he displayed in 2011, but Britt still has enough weekly upside to be used as a WR3 the rest of the way.

Titans WR Kenny Britt admits that he's unlikely to play against the Vikings this weekend.  He aggravated his ankle injury on Thursday.  “The tweak set me back,” Britt said. “But I still have a chance… I’d like to be able to give the team 100 percent on Sunday, but if I can’t, I can’t. It’s not looking so good right now as we stand, but we have two days."  Look for WRs Nate Washington and Kendall Wright to start against Minnesota on Sunday.  Britt could be ready for the team's Week 6 game against the Steelers on Thursday night.

Titans WR Kenny Britt sprained his ankle late in Sunday's game against the Lions.  It sounds minor though.  Britt was walking around without a boot aftewards and didn't express any concern about his Week 4 status.  Britt played 37 snaps on Sunday, finishing with 6 catches for 55 yards.  He looked pretty close to 100% to us.  A breakout game is coming soon.

Titans HC Mike Munchak revealed that WR Kenny Britt (knee) might need a 2nd surgery before the start of the season.  Britt had a torn ACL and MCL repaired last October.  “I think it always is (possible),” Munchak said. “I don't know if he will at some point, but I think that's something that's common with that injury.  We don't look at as a big deal. You have to look at it as why it's happening, but it's something that with guys who have had ACLs this is very common, something that's gone on at times. We'll see. He's been doing well, running hard, and we'll just have to see how the knee responds.”  All indications are that Britt's rehab has been going smoothly this offseason, so this news comes as a bit of a surprise.  The follow-up surgery would reportedly be a "minor, clean-up" procedure.  It's still a concern at this point of the year though.  We'll continue to keep a close eye on Britt's progress.


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