Lions coach Jim Schwartz told us Monday that wide receiver Titus Young wouldn’t be playing for the Lions again this season.
They made that official on Tuesday, but not in the manner you might assume. Young has been placed on injured reserve, according to Tim Twentyman of the Lions’ website. There’s no indication of what injury Young might have suffered, although he did have a knee issue earlier in the season. Even though he hasn’t used that knee in weeks, we can be sure that there’s absolutely no designation to return.
It’s an odd move because the Lions told Young to stay away from the team two weeks ago after he allegedly lined up in the wrong place on purpose during a November 18th loss to the Packers. Young, who was given the boot from the team during the offseason after a fight with safety Louis Delmas at the team facility, rejoined the team briefly last week, but was inactive on Sunday and exiled again by Monday.
A suspension seemed more probable than injured reserve, but the end result looks like it works for everyone. They get rid of Young for the season and he gets paid without any fight about the suspension.
As previously reported, the Lions activated Kris Durham from the practice squad to add depth at wide receiver with Young and Ryan Broyles out. The team also made a change at safety, signing veteran Tyrell Johnson and releasing Erik Coleman.
Johnson, a former Vikings second rounder, was cut by the Dolphins in August. Coleman had an interception and 47 tackles in 12 games for the Lions, including seven starts.