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Detroit Lions 'moved on' from Titus Young, center says

Dominic Raiola might not speak for the entire Detroit Lions organization, but the veteran center has had his fill of wide receiver Titus Young.

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"We've moved on from him," Raiola said Friday, according to the Detroit News. "He wants to be an a--hole, let him be an a--hole. It's not my problem."

"What we can control is the guys who want to be here. And when you act like that, you don't want to be here," Raiola went on. "We've got good guys on offense. Don't be an a--hole and don't be a jerk."

Lions coach Jim Schwartz deactivated Young from Week 12's loss to the Houston Texans for conduct detrimental to the team. Schwartz hinted earlier this week that Young would not play again this season, but the second-year pro returned to practice Wednesday and is expected to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Back in June, we spoke with veteran Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson, who said he'll feel like he didn't do his job if Young hadn't emerged to take his role and be on his way to a new contract. Burleson now is out of the picture after suffering a broken leg last month. Young could use the guidance more than ever.

Raiola's comments -- possibly made in a locker room being shared by Young at that very moment -- speaks to the level of frustration concerning the receiver, who already had been disciplined once by Schwartz for a reported sucker-punch of safety Louis Delmas last spring.

The Free Press reported Wednesday that Young purposely lined up in the wrong spot on the field multiple times against the Green Bay Packers and got into it with receivers coach Shawn Jefferson on the sideline before being benched late.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @danhanzus.

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