Tuesday, August 2, 2011
'Tough decision' on Lions' Zack Follett?*
By Kevin Seifert
Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett caused a Twitter stir Tuesday evening when he issued two tweets that implied he has parted ways with the team.
Follett has been attempting to return from a scary neck injury suffered last season. He was cleared to participate in training camp last week but was held out from Tuesday's practice. A little before 10 p.m. ET, he tweeted:
Appreciate ya Detroit.. To God be the glory! Respect to Schwartz Mayhew Lewand didnt want to risk a life threatening injury after seeing my pain, Someone had to make the tough decision!
Follett was referring to Lions coach Jim Schwartz, general manager Martin Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand. A Week 1 starter last season, Follett endeared himself to fans by referring to his approach as the "Pain Train." He would not have started this season after the Lions signed free agents Justin Durant and Stephen Tulloch, but his tweets imply the departure was related to his health rather than competition.
We'll let you know if the Lions confirm anything.
*Update: Follett has since tweeted that he is "no longer a Lion." He told one Twitter follower that his "neck was on fire" and that he couldn't compete in hitting drills.