Throughout his career, Reggie Wayne has solidified himself as an iron-man at the Wide Receiver position. Sunday night’s win over the Broncos marked the 189th consecutive game Wayne has played in, trailing Tim Brown’s top mark of 199. Now the 13 year veteran’s streak will come to a halt as an MRI has confirmed an ACL tear in his left knee.
On a play late in the 4th quarter, Andrew Luck was under pressure in the pocket and rushed a throw that ended up low and behind Wayne. While Wayne attempted to reach back to make the grab, he tweaked his left knee. He needed medical assistance to get off the field and was visibly emotional on the sidelines before eventually heading the locker room. The Colts were weary of a torn ACL and a Monday MRI has confirmed their worst fears. The Colts will need more consistent production from the stone-handed Darrius Heyward-Bey and vertical receiver, T.Y. Hilton. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of the Colts pursuing a WR in advance of the October 29th trade deadline. Hakeem Nicks, Josh Gordon, and Kenny Britt are among the biggest names that could potentially be available via trade.
Kenny Britt is no stranger to fines. One of his most comical incidents was when he took to his Instagram to complain about a fine he received for missing a rehab session.
In Britt’s latest charade, he took to twitter to let people know how he felt about his benching in Sunday’s game vs. the Texans, a decision the coaching staff chalked up to his lazy route-running and blocking.
See the tweet below:
The twenty-four-year-old Wide Receiver has been nothing but headaches since the Titans selected him 30th overall in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL draft. Britt has undergone knee surgeries on both knees and has been disciplined by the Titans a whopping eight times in just five years of service.
So where does that leave the Titans troubled wideout?
Britt is in the final year of his contract, leaving no doubt that the Titans will let him walk in free agency. But, the team might not even wait that long to pursue avenues to get rid of him. On the heels of his twitter stunt, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Titans discipline him for next week’s game vs. the Chargers at home. Perhaps they bench him for some combination of the first series through the entire game.
Either way, the Rutgers product could be on the outs sooner, rather than later…
We’ve seen the struggles from the young, inexperienced receivers of the New England Patriots – and we’ve also seen the obsession with Rutgers University from Bill Belichick, as further exemplified by this year’s NFL draft.
Just as Britt is no stranger to fines, Belichick and the Patriots are no strangers to acquiring talented, but troubled players. Over the past decade, the Patriots have reached out to big-name players deemed to have “character issues.” While acquisitions like Corey Dillon and Randy Moss couldn’t have worked out any better, Albert Haynesworth and Chad Johnson couldn’t have gone any worse. Only providing late round draft picks for these “troubled” experiments, the Patriots consider it a low-risk, high-reward situation.
Obviously, I recognize the first refutation to the thought of a Britt-Patriots marriage is the off-season incident(s) regarding Aaron Hernandez. While this is a completely sensible defense, it is possible that the Patriots could at least kick the tires on a potential trade for Britt.
Lacking a Wide Receiver with Britt’s 6 foot 3 inch – 215 pound frame, the Patriots penchant for a successful passing game is dependent on inexperienced rookies in the likes of Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins, who have yet to grasp the playbook.
If Belichick’s patience runs out on his rookie wideouts, the solution could be another dip into the Rutgers pool of talent.