Former Boise State wide receiver Titus Young has become the first offseason casualty of the NFL.
The Detroit Lions just announced (2:01 p.m. MT) that they have officially released Young following a season of turmoil surrounding the former second-round pick.
Titus’ Troubled Timeline - 2012
May 21 - Reports come out that Young allegedly punched safety Louis Delmas when he was not looking during OTAs (offseason training activities). Young was not allowed at the team’s offseason voluntary workouts following the incident.
November 18 - Young was bench during a game against the Green Bay Packers after sources confirmed the wide receiver intentionally lined up in the wrong spot on offense.
November 19 - The Lions suspended Young for his actions in the game against the Packers.
November 30 - Young returned to the Lions practice facility. He addressed the media and said “I’m not here to talk about the past.”
December 3 - Lions head coach Jim Schwartz announces that Young would not be allowed to play again the rest of the season.
December 4 - The Lions place Young on the injured reserved list, thus, effectively ending any chance of his return to the field in 2012.
For obvious reasons, the move comes as no surprise. Young himself tweeted out that he wanted out of Detroit on January 25:
Oh I’m not done, if y’all going to cut me let me go. I’m tired of the threats
Over the last two seasons, Young played in 26 games with the Lions including 17 starts. The 44th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft has caught 81 career passes for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns.
— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)