Lions take another hit: Broyles facing surgery

Ryan Broyles needs knee surgery again. Titus Young is back in

exile.

Ndamukong Suh has been accused of classless behavior by yet

another opponent.

The problems keep piling up for the Detroit Lions, who have

dropped four straight games, the last three in excruciating fashion

at home. Sunday’s 35-33 loss to Indianapolis on the final play came

with an even bigger cost. Broyles tore the anterior cruciate

ligament in his right knee – another setback for the

talented-but-unlucky rookie receiver. Broyles tore the ACL in his

left knee when he was a senior at Oklahoma.

”It’s something he’s gone through already,” coach Jim Schwartz

said. ”Ryan’s a real hard-working player. He did a great job with

his rehab last time. It’ll be a bump in the road for him but it

won’t be something that he can’t overcome.”

Broyles has 22 catches for 310 yards and two touchdowns. With

him out, the Lions (4-8) suddenly have a very thin receiving corps

behind star Calvin Johnson. Schwartz said Monday that Young is away

from the team again – and he gave no indication when or if the

receiver might return. Detroit previously lost Nate Burleson to a

season-ending knee injury.

Young was deactivated for Detroit’s game against Houston on

Thanksgiving for what Schwartz called ”unacceptable” behavior. He

returned to practice last week, but was inactive again for the game

against the Colts.

”I certainly believe in second chances. There’s no greater

story in the NFL or professional sports than redemption and people

that overcome situations and things like that. I think we all hold

out hope that guys can do that,” Schwartz said. ”But you need to

make the most of the opportunities you have. When you have an issue

or you have something that occurs and you do get a second chance

and you’re welcomed back, you have to do everything to take

advantage of that opportunity. I think in this case that didn’t

happen.”

Young has 33 catches for 383 yards and four touchdowns this

season, and he seemed to have turned a corner in late October when

he caught the winning TD in the final minute against Seattle.

”I think they made the decision they had to make, and I’m sure

it was a hard decision,” said offensive lineman Rob Sims, who was

emotional talking about Young. ”I think it’s hard all the way

around. The guy was trying. He was really trying.”

Suh, meanwhile, has been no stranger to controversy, and he’s

involved in another now. Colts offensive lineman Mike McGlynn

accused Suh and other Lions of celebrating too much while

Indianapolis lineman Winston Justice was on the ground injured

after a Detroit interception in the fourth quarter.

”Totally ignorant on their part,” McGlynn told the

Indianapolis Star. ”Just childish stuff. We’re all battling out

there; I don’t know if the hit was legal or not, but clearly he was

hurt, and they’re out there dancing and pointing at him and

laughing. Just blatant disrespect. They’re good players but there’s

no room for that. It’s disgusting, really.”

Suh wasn’t in the Detroit locker room when it was open to media

Monday, but Schwartz responded to the accusation.

”What shows on the coaches’ film is we make an interception

with six minutes to go and we’re up two scores and looks like it’s

a really great chance to be able to win that game. Guys were

looking to make blocks, guys made blocks,” Schwartz said. ”It’s

off after that. There were no penalties on that play. Our guys were

rightfully excited. We had a very good pass rush on that. The

quarterback, like we had talked about all week, had to elevate his

throw.

”We’re excited about it. I don’t think anybody’s reveling in

anybody being injured or anything like that.”

Colts players had the day off Monday. Interim coach Bruce Arians

said he didn’t see the celebration by the Lions on film.

”It was a block on an interception. I don’t think it was the

block as much as it was the celebration for knocking him out,”

Arians said. ”It’s not on film. But I know that’s why Mike took

issue. A bunch of the guys on the sideline saw it and I don’t

really have anything to say about it.”

That’s what this Detroit season has turned into: a weekly

rehashing of the team’s troubles. The Lions led each of the last

three games with 2:00 remaining in regulation, but lost them

all.

What looked last year like one of the league’s most promising

young franchises is now stuck in a rut. And the road doesn’t become

any easier next weekend when the Lions play at Green Bay.

”I wouldn’t say regressed. We’ve gone off track for sure,”

Schwartz said. ”We’ve made those plays at times this year. We

haven’t done it enough.”

AP Sports Writer Michael Marot contributed to this story.

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