Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker has the unenviable task of making his first NFL start against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Furthermore, Locker will be without No. 1 wide receiver Kenny Britt, who is serving a one-week suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Since Britt's suspension meant he was unable to be at the team's facilities this week, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports that former Titans quarterback Neil O'Donnell, wide receiver Derrick Mason and cornerback Nick Harper got together to put the 2009 first-round draft pick through some football workouts.
"I knew he would be around town, and I knew Kenny just needed something to do," said O'Donnell, who spent five seasons at the end of his 14-year career as Steve McNair's backup for the Titans.
Coming off major knee surgery, Britt spent most of training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list and has yet to practice with the Titans. Britt was removed from the PUP list on Aug. 28 and was a target to practice this week before the NFL handed down the suspension.
According to O'Donnell, Britt has some work to do before he's physically ready to play in a game.
"He was willing to do whatever we wanted him to do, and he has worked really hard. But he still has to get into football shape, and there is no way of getting in football shape unless you're playing football," O'Donnell said.
"You can get Usain Bolt, who is in tip-top shape. Once you put the helmet and the shoulder pads and the cleats on, it's a different game, and there is no other way of training unless you are doing it."