Britt, several other Titans ruled out for game against Bears

Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 5:49pm

A little more than two weeks before the start of the regular season, the Tennessee Titans offense remains left to the imagintion.

Running back Chris Johnson (holdout) and wide receiver Kenny Britt (injury), the team's two most prolific playmakers, have yet to play in a preseason game, and Saturday’s contest against Chicago (7 p.m., LP Field) will be no exception.

“Our fantasy football stars,” starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “Obviously it would be great to have those guys out there but they’re not out here right now … so we just have to make the best of it.”

Britt practiced for the second straight day Thursday but was not with the starting offense. Afterward, coach Mike Munchak ruled out the third-year receiver for the game against the Bears.

Also not expected to play are running back Javon Ringer (hip), defensive end Jason Jones (knee), defensive end Derrick Morgan (knee) and tackle Troy Kropog (knee).

“I think we’re being smart with [Britt],” offensive coordinator Chris Palmer said. “He’s working his way back in slowly — he’s taking some reps, he’s running some routes. I think we know what he can do.”

Britt, a first-round draft pick in 2009, has led the ream in receiving yards each of the last two years and has averaged better than 17 yards per reception. His nine touchdown receptions last season were the most by a Tennessee receiver since Drew Bennett had 11 on 2004.

A hamstring injury cost him four games in the middle of last season and has been a factor in is limited participation this preseason.

"Rather than have him play this one and then come back and play again in five days [at New Orleans], we would rather just let him play a little longer in that fourth one," coach Mike Munchak said. "That will give him 10 days after that game to hopefully get everything behind him and be at full strength at the beginning of the season."

Johnson is the 2009 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, the NFL record holder for single-season yards from scrimmage and one of six running backs in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.

He has stayed away from all team activities since the end of the lockout in an attempt to renegotiate his contract with the team. He took part in a face-to-face meeting with Titans officials and his agent on Wednesday and Thursday but little — if any — progress was toward a resolution.

Johnson's absence and the injury to Ringer, which has kept him sidelined for two weeks, have forced the Titans to rely on rookie Jamie Harper (fourth round, Clemson) as their starting running back.

“Let me tell you … [Johnson] is pretty good — I’d like to have [Johnson],” Palmer said. “… [Johnson] is a guy, we know what he can do. When things get worked out, I’m sure we’ll all be very, very happy.”

Just imagine how happy.

7 Comments on this post:

By: jwk6179 on 8/26/11 at 8:17

The Chicago Bears are coming into LP Field this weekend, along with their Quaterback Jay Cutler. I have one question for you Titan fans, Are you all going to show anyone that attends this Saturday night's game wearing a #6 Jay Cutler jersey the SAME DISTAIN and ANIMOSITY that you show anyone at LP Field wearing a Peyton Manning jersey? Are you going to BOO Jay Cutler when he steps onto the field the way you BOO Peyton Manning when he steps onto the field? If not, then Titan fans are the BIGGEST, TWO FACED HYPOCRITES in all of SPORTS!!! You might say that Peyton Manning plays for the emeny, but remember, this weekend, Jay Cutler is the ENEMY in LP Field!!!!

By: d4deli on 8/26/11 at 9:17

Anyone who "boo's" anyone, is so low class. How tacky and disrespectful. I don't care who is playing or what you think about anyone player. You can go and enjoy a game and act more respectful than that.
-Titan's Fan

By: jwk6179 on 8/26/11 at 10:11

Be sure to tell that to all the TITAN FANS that will boo Peyton Manning or anyone that wears a #18 Colts jersey, even when it is children that are waering them. I've been to plenty of Colts-Titans games have seen grown Titan fans throwing ice and food at small children wearing Colts jerseys, jackets, hats, etc. andeven cursing in front of them and their parents.

By: sprim on 8/26/11 at 11:29

HOW DISGUSTING!!

ENJOY ANY TITANS GAME WITHOUT ACTING LIKE PUNKS.

AND BY THE WAY, BOOING AT ANY GAME IS A NORMAL REACTION TO SOMETHING A FAN SEES ON THE FIELD THAT THEY DISLIKE. BUT DON'T SCARE ANYONE THAT CHOOSES TO WEAR AN OPPONENTS ATTIRE; THAT IS WHAT MAKES IT ENJOYABLE - EVERYONE HAVING FUN AT AN NFL GAME.

BEING MEAN TO OTHERS, LIKE THROWING STUFF AT GROWN UPS OR CHILDREN, WHO WEAR OPPONENT'S ATTIRE; IS NOT RIGHT AND SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED.

SPEAK UP AND LET SOMEONE THERE KNOW. THEY AREN'T TRUE TITANS FANS IF THEY ACT LIKE ANIMALS.

By: drewjohn on 8/26/11 at 12:32

jwk6179 you obviously don't know what you are talking about! No one boos Peyton in Tennessee. That's just dumb. Everyone loves him fomr the days at UT.

By: jwk6179 on 8/26/11 at 12:51

There are several posters on this board that will complain each year after the Colts play here because all of the people that will wear Peyton Manning jerseys to LP Field because they claim this is Titans Country. Yet these same posters will probably get on here Monday and talk about how proud they are to see so many people wearing Jay Cutler jerseys at LP Field on Saturday. These posters HATE UT but love Vandy. I'm just saying that these Vandy Loving Titan Fans are TWO FACED HYPOCRITES if they don't treat those wearing Jay Cutler jerseys the same way they treat people wearing Peyton Manning jerseys!!!

By: peopleperson on 8/26/11 at 3:36

Shouldn't we expect people to treat Peyton Manning fans the same as Jay Cutler fan's?This thread is backwards. We should expect people to be respectful and encourage hometown heroes. In a society where athletes are immortalized in the minds of fans of any age, we should bring out the positive aspects of performance. A player has limited choice to where he is drafted. Why should that player and his fans receive disrespect because he was chosen by a team other than the Titans? I refuse to give lip service to players that are criminals and bad behavior on and off the field. But no matter which team enters the field, I will applaud those who have earned the respect of their position. Fan of the Good Guys!!!