Saturday, December 1, 2012
Titus Young says little about exile from Lions
DETROIT -- Titus Young had little to say about his brief exile from the Detroit Lions.
The second-year receiver spoke with reporters Friday for the first time since returning to practice. He was deactivated for Detroit's loss to Houston on Thanksgiving. Young rejoined the team for practice Wednesday.
Sitting in front of his locker wearing a pair of sunglasses, Young spoke for less than two minutes before the session was cut short by media relations personnel.
"What happens in house, stays in house," Young said -- and that was about as thorough a response as he gave to any of the questions.
Detroit hosts Indianapolis on Sunday, and it's not clear yet if Young will be active.
"When we get to Sunday, we'll make a decision on who the best 46 are to give us a chance," coach Jim Schwartz said. "We're taking it day by day."
Young was banished for what Schwartz called "unacceptable" behavior during a loss to Green Bay two weekends ago. The second-round draft pick from Boise State has 33 catches for 383 yards and four touchdowns this season. He had 48 receptions for 607 yards and six TDs as a rookie.
Young's latest setback was part of a disturbing trend. He was involved in an altercation with teammate Louis Delmas last offseason. When he was in college, he missed most of the 2008 season for disciplinary reasons.
When asked if he's becoming more accountable and more mature now that he's back with the team, Young said: "Well, you'll have to talk to coach about that."
Asked if he was disappointed in himself, he said: "I'm not here to comment about the past."
Teammate Dominic Raiola's patience is wearing thin.
"I don't know what to say. He has a chance to be a part of a great group on offense. ... You're either on the ship or you're off the ship," Raiola said. "We're not here to baby-sit, we're here to try and get wins. ... You feel bad, because you want a guy like that, with so much talent, to last, and that's not how you last in this league.
"Just put your head down, go to work, do the right thing, and let your talent rule. If you could just make that point to some of these guys -- you just can't make it sometimes, and I think that's where Jim stepped in and took over."
Running back Mikel Leshoure, another 2011 draft pick by Detroit, sounded more optimistic.
"He'll better the team if he's out there making plays," Leshoure said. "I don't think it's going to be anything that he won't be able to overcome. It's just going to take some time."
Schwartz says injured OT Jeff Backus (hamstring) will likely be a game-day decision. "It was encouraging to get Jeff back on the practice field, but we'll just see where he gets to by Sunday."