Ryan Broyles: Injured Wideout One of Many Problems for Detroit Lions

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22:  Ryan Broyles #84 of the Detroit Lions runs for extra yards after a second quarter catch in front of Quintin Demps #27 of the Houston Texans at Ford Field on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Add wide receiver Ryan Broyles to the list of problems that's beginning to stack up for the Detroit Lions.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Broyles suffered his second ACL tear in two years during Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Broyles tore ACL in his left knee last year. Tore the right one on his 7th play Sunday. Second round pick.

— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) December 3, 2012

Thanksgiving Day saw the rookie wideout put up monster numbers in an overtime loss to the Houston Texans, as Broyles went for six receptions and 126 yards.

The Lions are already thin at wide receiver with Nate Burleson requiring season-ending knee surgery (h/t ESPN) and are dealing with another issue, as WR Titus Young has again been dismissed from the team, according to CBS Sports' John Kreger.

Kreger writes, "Young's second banishment from the team came just days after he returned from a nine-day exile following a string of behavior that culminated in insubordinate behavior during the Lions' Week 11 loss to the Packers."

Clearly Jim Schwartz and the Lions were hoping for a different outcome this time around, but with Young going off the deep end again, it looks like his career in Detroit is all but over.

And as if it couldn't get worse for the Lions, Ndamukong Suh and other Lions players are being accused of laughing at an injured member of the Colts on Sunday, according to USA Today's Dave Birkett.

As the story goes, Suh put a big hit on Colts' tackle Winston Justice on an interception return and then proceeded to stand over the injured player and laugh and dance with his teammates. Justice wound up suffering a concussion and never made it back onto the field, according to Birkett.

Indianapolis right guard Mike McGlynn responded to the Lions by saying (h/t USA Today):

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.

Not exactly known as one of the classiest players around the NFL, Suh is now a repeat offender for this type of stunt, as we all remember the Suh and Matt Ryan ordeal from last season.

There's also the groin kick to Matt Schaub on Thanksgiving Day 2012 and the stomping of Green Bay Packers' offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving Day 2011.

Man, what is it with this dude and Thanksgiving?

As you can see, the problems are beginning to pile up for a 4-8 Lions team that finds itself in the basement of the NFC North.

One thing you can say about the Lions is that they always make it interesting—sometimes it's just for the wrong reasons.


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