The Detroit Lions are in the midst of a disappointing season, and wide receiver Titus Young is the one of the poster-boys for it.
Young was sent home by head coach Jim Schwartz for his insubordinate actions before the Lions played the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving. When Schwartz was asked if and when Young will return, he was vague, per mlive.com:
"It's more of when he gets back with the team, if he gets back with the team, but it's more of when he gets back with the team, and the behavior he does then," Schwartz said.
Schwartz then continued, talking about his feelings on Young returning at some point:
"The team and he both needed a little time away," Schwartz said. "It's not the same with the other inactive guys. Again, it's not going to be based on what he does away from here. It's what he does when he's here with the team."
The second-year youngster out of Boise State had become a problem on the field, souring his teammates and ultimately the coaching staff.
However, Young's antics weren't coming at the cost of his own production. In his rookie year in 2011, Young racked up 48 catches for 607 yards and six touchdowns. This season, Young has 33 receptions and 383 yards to accompany four scores. Project that over a full campaign, and the numbers are almost identical.
At 4-7, perhaps this is the time for Schwartz to send a message to a team that most see as undisciplined at best.