The Lions welcomed wide receiver Titus Young back to practice this week, but he isn’t getting greeted with open arms by one of his teammates.
Center Dominic Raiola shared his thoughts about Young, who was told to spend more than a week away from the team after Young allegedly sabotaged the offense by purposely lining up wrong on several different occasions during the team’s Week 11 loss to the Packers. It’s safe to say that Raiola is less than thrilled to be sharing a locker room with a player capable of doing such things.
“We’ve moved on from him. He wants to be an a–hole, let him be an a–hole. It’s not my problem. What we can control is the guys who want to be here. And when you act like that, you don’t want to be here,” Raiola said, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. “We’ve got good guys on offense. Don’t be an a–hole and don’t be a jerk.”
Young’s return to practice does not mean that he’ll be playing in a game for the Lions again this year. Coach Jim Schwartz said that Young’s future role would be determined by the way he acts when he’s with the team. Raiola’s take on whether or not Young should be a part of things seems pretty clear and Young’s hardly been productive enough to justify playing him if others in the locker room share Raiola’s take.