Lions WR Titus Young was sent home from the Lions’ practice facility today and coach Jim Schwartz said he will not play in Thursday’s Thanksgiving game against the Houston Texans as punishment for repeated on-field issues that culminated in Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. Schwartz would not term the punishment a suspension, but he said Young probably won’t practice again Tuesday and will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis.
Young was benched for the Lions’ final possession Sunday after Fox TV cameras caught Lions receivers coach Shawn Jefferson yelling at offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to remove Young from the game. Young caught just one pass in six attempts, had penalties on back-to-back third-quarter plays and lined up in the wrong position on a key second-down play late in the fourth quarter when Gosder Cherilus was called for a false start.
Rookie Ryan Broyles and recently acquired Mike Thomas will see more snaps and targets with Young out of the game. Neither are great plays against the Texans, but could be useful down the stretch against the Colts and Packers.