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Titus Young benched by Detroit Lions for bad behavior

Titus Young is in trouble again, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz announced Monday that the wide receiver will be inactive for Thursday's game because he put himself above the team during Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers.


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"It's your job to make the team happy," Schwartz said. "It's not the team's job to make you happy."

Schwartz said Young's actions Sunday negatively affected the Lions' offensive performance. Young was benched for the Lions' final three plays against the Packers, causing a sideline argument between the team's wide receivers coach, Shawn Jefferson, and its offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan.

"The thing about it is they were both on the same side of the argument," Schwartz said, via The Associated Press, "but in the heat of the moment, they ended up missing that fact."

Schwartz said Young lined up in the wrong spot on a second-down play in the red zone when Lions offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus false-started. Based on Schwartz's comments, we suspect more was at play here, including Young's attitude.

This isn't the first time Young has been in hot water with his bosses. Young was kept away from the Lions' facility over the offseason after he reportedly sucker-punched teammate Louis Delmas.

Young was sent home from the Lions' facility Monday. Schwartz said the second-year pro's future behavior will determine when he returns to the team.

All of the drama figures to be a talking point Thursday, one year after Ndamukong Suh stomped on Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith, first kicking the "Lions aren't disciplined" meme into high gear.

UPDATE: Chris McCosky of the Detroit News shed more light on why the Lions benched Young, who has a team-high four receiving touchdowns this season. It doesn't sound too good.

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