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Jim Schwartz downplays latest Titus Young issue

Receiver said he would retire if he doesn't get ball more Brad Biggs

Print This January 24, 2013, 12:43 PM EST

Titus Young’s career in Detroit may be hanging by a thread but Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn’t ready to bounce him.

Not yet anyway.

Young’s latest flap came when he took to his Twitter account in a since deleted message and said he “won’t play anymore” if he doesn’t start getting the football more, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Young has had a host of problems with the club, teammates and coaches and has been banished from the team three times in the last seven months. Schwartz isn’t ready to give him the heave-ho for good but even if he was, teams cannot begin releasing players until after the Super Bowl.

“Every offensive player wants the football, and there’s good ways to go about getting that and there’s not-so-good ways about trying to get that done,” Schwartz said. “This is a pretty good example of a not-so-good idea.

“This is sort of the world we live in, with social media and stuff like that. Guys are responsible for what they post, for what they say. You wear your uniform 24 hours a day now. Everybody’s aware of that.”

“Every player’s unique, and every player has different circumstances,” Schwartz said. “I think you could go across the league and find a bunch of guys (that have put troubles behind them). But like I said toward the end of the season, that’s in the players' court to be able to get that done, and we’re going to need to see more signs of that getting done.”

It’s probably fair to imagine if Young doesn’t have a radical and consistent change this offseason, the Lions will not keep the wide receiver around too much longer.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune
 

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