Report: Carlin Isles to leave Lions, return to rugby

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The Lions’ addition of Carlin Isles to their practice squad in December drew a bit more notice than most practice squad transactions.

While Isles was a running back and kick returner at Ashland University, his biggest athletic accomplishments had come in track and rugby. Isles wasn’t able to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics as a sprinter, but he went on to make a name for himself with the U.S. rugby team as one of the fastest players in the sport. That made for extra attention when he came to Detroit and the same is true upon his departure.

The Scotsman reports that Isles is set to sign with Glasgow Warriors, a Scottish rugby team, for the rest of their season. His agent Tom Beattie said that Isles would have stayed with the Lions had this opportunity not come about, but that his client has been “craving” a chance to play rugby at a high level.

“It’s about rugby and Carlin is very excited about the move and eager to get to Glasgow in the coming weeks,” Beattie said.

Isles’ speed — he reportedly ran a 4.2 40 in a Lions workout — makes him an appealing prospect in both sports, but it seems that he’s made his decision about which one he’ll pursue in the future.

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