Lions WR Titus Young was sent home from practice on Monday and will not play on Thursday, according to head coach Jim Schwartz. Young apparently served as a distraction for the offense in the team's loss to Green Bay on Sunday.
Young's actions during Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, including lining up in the wrong spot on a critical play in which the Lions were flagged for a false start, were apparently the latest in a long line of problems created by the second-year pro out of Boise State. Young was sent home from camp during the summer for punching defensive back Louis Delmas, and missed out on key reps with the offense as a result.
Young was sent home from the Lions' practice facility on Monday, with Schwartz citing that the embattled receiver needs to learn how to be a team-first player:
"It's your job to make the team happy, it's not the team's job to make you happy ... He needs to be a team player and he needs to put the team before himself."
The Lions won't have much time to dwell on their loss, or on the loss of Young, as they face the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving Day. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on CBS.