The New England Patriots
are hoping to make it back to the Super Bowl for the third consecutive season, and are favorites to win the Super Bowl going into the season. However, Patriots Injuries have been piling up in training camp and the preseason, and if the trend continues, they will have a hard time getting out of the AFC this season.
This week, wide receiver Kenny Britt is the latest Patriot to be hit by the injury bug. The receiver admitted that he suffered a hamstring injury that has prevented him from practicing with the team.
Britt was taken off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on August 4, but he has been unable to participate in full practice because of the lingering effects of his injury.
Britt told reporters that he feels he has fallen behind the other receivers when it comes to building chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady
, and he is trying to get on the same page with his quarterback and the rest of his teammates.
Since coming off the PUP list, Britt has been limited to warming up with the rest of his teammates and participating in individual drills.
When asked about his return to full strength, Britt said it is difficult to evaluate how long it will take him to get back to full strength because hamstring injuries are unpredictable. On some days he is feeling better, and other days the pain is too much to bear.
Britt is currently competing for a roster spot with Phillip Dorsett, Eric Decker, Cordarrelle Patterson and Chris Hogan
, but the other receivers are healthy and have been getting opportunities to show what they can do while Britt has been sidelined.
The Patriots unexpectedly found themselves thin at the receiver position after trading away Brandin Cooks
, who led all Patriots wide receivers in yards and touchdowns last season. They also lost Danny Amendola to the Miami Dolphins
during the offseason.
, who is returning from a season-ending knee injury that forced him to miss the entire 2017 season, will miss the first four games of the season due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy.
Britt has been with the Patriots since December 2017, when he was picked up by New England five days after getting released by the Cleveland Browns
. He played in three games for the Patriots last season and finished with two catches for 23 yards.
Before signing with the Patriots at the end of the season, Britt had signed a four-year deal with the Browns. During his time in Cleveland, Britt had 18 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns in the nine games he played for the Browns.
Before signing with the Browns, Britt had a career year with the Los Angeles Rams
, finishing with 68 receptions for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns. If he can get back to producing like he did in 2016, the Patriots will keep him on their roster, but if he is unable to play in the final two preseason games, he will likely get cut before the season starts.