ALLEN PARK, Mich. - The group of wide receivers on the Detroit Lions roster continues to shrink, but head coach Jim Schwartz made it very clear Monday: the team will not be looking to Titus Young for help.
Schwartz said Young is not with the team and was sent home. He also said Young is "not in the mix" to play Sunday.
"He's not going to practice. He's not with the team right now. If I have any further updates, I'll let you guys know," Schwartz said.
Young was sent home over Thanksgiving and was inactive for the Lions game against the Houston Texans. Schwartz allowed the 23-year old back in the facility to practice with the team last week. Ultimately, though, Young didn't dress for Sunday's loss against the Indianapolis Colts.
Schwartz told him to stay home.
"I certainly believe in second chances. There's no greater story in the NFL, or in professional sports, than redemption," the coach said.
Apparently, Young didn't make the most of his opportunity.
"I think we all hold out hope that guys can do that, but you need to make the most of the opportunities you have. That didn't happen."
Lions guard Rob Sims was a bit emotional Monday, describing the troublesome wideout.
"He was really trying. He was going to bible study and all that kind of thing, but for it to kind of flip a couple weeks later, it's hard," Sims said.
Young has brought a difficult attitude to Detroit since being drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was penalized for a personal foul against New Orleans last season before sucker-punching teammate Louis Delmas in the offseason.
The details of the latest string of events have been kept mainly in-house, but Sims said classified the actions as, "Different. Just different."
Nate Burleson had season-ending knee surgery over a month ago, and Monday, Schwartz revealed Ryan Broyles tore his right ACL.
The lack of depth left on the team's wide receiving group is apparent. The fact that Schwartz has ruled out Young as an option is incredibly more telling.
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