DETROIT The Lions found a creative way to rid themselves of a major locker-room distraction Tuesday, placing wide receiver Titus Young on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury.
Young has missed practice time throughout the season with a sore knee he was listed on the teams Friday injury report in Weeks 4-11 with knee problems and all IR transactions must be approved by the NFL. But his benching for the year has more to do with recent behavioral issues than injuries.
Coach Jim Schwartz sent Young home from the team twice in the past three weeks and three times since May.
On Nov. 19, a day after Young purposely lined up in the wrong spot on the field in a loss to the Packers and yelled at receivers coach Shawn Jefferson on the sideline, Schwartz told Young he wasnt welcome at the facility anymore.
Young was de-activated for a Thanksgiving loss to the Texans, and he returned to practice last Wednesday only to be sent home again after going through team meetings Saturday in preparation for Sundays loss to the Colts.
In May, Young was sent home from voluntary workouts after he punched teammate Louis Delmas.
On Monday, Schwartz ruled out Young as a potential fill-in for Ryan Broyles, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against the Colts, and indicated Young wasnt welcome back with the team this year.
I cant predict what the futures going to hold, but I know this right now: Right now he is not (with the team), and if I have any change in that Ill let you guys know as soon as possible, Schwartz said.
By placing Young on IR rather than outright releasing him, the Lions retain the second-year receivers rights and can try to salvage something for him in a trade before Aprils draft.
The Lions also officially placed Broyles on injured reserve Tuesday and released veteran safety Erik Coleman. Receiver Kris Durham was promoted from the practice squad, and the Lions signed safety Tyrell Johnson, whom they worked out in September, and added receiver Troy Burrell (Wayne State) to the practice squad.
Johnson was a part-time starter for the Vikings in 2008-11 and was released by the Dolphins during the preseason.
Coleman started the first four games of the season and is tied for fourth on the team with 47 tackles, but he played mostly special teams in recent weeks.
VIDEO REVIEW: A sideline view of Ndamukong Suhs block on Winston Justice on a fourth-quarter interception return Sunday showed a clean play but revealed little about Suhs celebration that had Colts guard Mike McGlynn fuming.
Coaches film available through NFL Game Rewind showed the Suh block, then cut Suh, Justice and others out of the picture as the camera followed Lions safety Don Carey to the sideline after his interception.
An end-zone view and TV copy of the replay didnt show the celebration, either. McGlynn said Suh and other Lions were dancing and celebrating over Justice as he lay on the ground with a concussion.