Detroit Lions Must Make a Statement, Release Titus Young

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIDecember 2, 2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 20:  Titus Young #16 of the Detroit Lions celebrate a second quarter touchdown while playing the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field on November 20, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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While the Detroit Lions have made Titus Young inactive for today's game against the Indianapolis Colts, the best thing to do is release Young altogether.

No Titus Young for early WR drills. I'd be stunned if he plays today, a little less stunned if he's even at Ford Field

— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) December 2, 2012

Detroit needs to make a strong statement regarding Young's actions and prove that the organization will not stand for detrimental behavior and insubordination.

Young was sent home last week after lining up in the wrong position on the field multiple times against the Green Bay Packers and having a confrontation with receivers coach Shawn Jefferson.

However, it is not as if this was an isolated incident for Young.

The troubled wide receiver was dismissed for part of the summer after sucker-punching Louis Delmas.

He continues to make mistakes and refuses to show signs of learning from them or wanting to correct them.

Wide receiver Nate Burleson has taken on the role of mentor to Young and had this to say, via Anwar Richardson:

"I feel confident in where he's at," Burleson said. "Whatever the specifics were of him being gone, I'm pretty sure he had enough time alone to think about it. Titus is one of those guys who wears his heart on his sleeve, so his passion sometimes comes across as a little bit brash, but he's starting to find that balance between being over passionate and dialing it down.

Unfortunately, this kind of positive sentiment is not shared throughout the locker room, and Detroit is a team with a reputation that could use a face lift.

The Lions have earned a moniker (whether they deserve it or not) of being dirty and causing trouble. Ndamukong Suh and Young have each caused blemishes for the franchise, due to their recent transgressions.

What better way to prove that the team will not stand for insubordination than to release Young for continuously making the Lions look bad?

Yes, the team is slim at wide receiver without him.

Detroit has only four active WRs for the game against the Colts (Calvin Johnson, Ryan Broyles, Mike Thomas and Kassim Osgood), but this is a statement that must be made.

Young is a talented player with tremendous potential.

He has 33 receptions for 383 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games of action this year. However, when other offensive players like center Dominic Raiola make statements like this, it is clear that Detroit is best off without having him on the depth chart.

Young's release would send a strong message and show the rest of the league what the Lions truly stand for.