Titus Young Suffering from Brain Injury Reportedly Caused by Football Hits

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2015

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Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young's NFL career was derailed by off-field issues, but specialists believe that his erratic behavior was a result of head injuries suffered while playing football.   

According to TMZ.com, Young has been receiving treatment for a traumatic brain injury at the Crosby Center in San Diego. Crosby Center intake coordinator Pete Daniels is certain that Young's issues, which include "hypervigilance, mood swings, emotional instability and more," per TMZ, stem from football-related ailments.

"All of the these are results of Young taking hits to the head for long periods of time," Daniels said. "Without a doubt."

The former second-round pick out of Boise State spent two seasons with the Lions before bouncing out of the NFL.

Young was involved in a number of off-field incidents, and he faces up to nine years in prison if convicted on four counts of battery, including one felony count, per Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. He was arrested three times within a week back in May 2013 and continued to have run-ins with the law afterward.

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The 25-year-old has a long history of public outbursts, and now there may finally be some answers why he acted in such an aggressive manner.

Young was unable to fulfill what once looked like a promising NFL career, but it remains to be seen how much of that may have been beyond his control.

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