Calvin Johnson said on Monday that he is praying for Titus Young who is jailed in California after a number of recent arrests.
“It’s very tough. We were talking earlier, man, it’s just one of those things that we pray that he can get his off the field situation straight so then he can move forward with his life,’’ Johnson said.
Young was drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft. Even though Johnson is the NFL’s top receiver, Young could never seem comfortable in the role of No. 2.
The wide receiver became a distraction last season and was released by the Lions on Feb. 4.
“I mean, you can never foresee things like this,’’ Johnson said. “We just wish him the best, man. It’s unfortunate what he’s going through, but we’re praying for him.”
The Lions start OTAs (organized team activities) on Tuesday. They have several wide receivers on the roster and a wide-open opportunity with Young gone.
“The big thing is when we get on the field. I know we have a little bit, but we have a lot of new guys,’’ Johnson said. “Guys have done some things in the offseason to better themselves, so I’m looking forward to seeing how we look when we get on the field tomorrow.”
Johnson also confirmed on Monday that he played last season with broken fingers.