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Titus Young remains in timeout with Lions

Jim Schwartz says it's what WR does when he returns that matters Brad Biggs

Print This November 28, 2012, 10:49 AM EST

Titus Young remains away from the Detroit Lions and coach Jim Schwartz says his future with the club hinges on what he does when he returns.

The Lions sent the combustible Young packing as punishment for “insubordination,” according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. Schwartz declined to call it a suspension and wouldn’t shed light on when the second-round pick from 2011 will return.

The team and he both needed a little time away," Schwartz said, according to Monarrez. "But, 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.

“There have been times that he has been very productive in our offense, he's been an asset for our team, and that's what he needs to get back to. It's more when he gets back with the team -- if he gets back with the team. But it's more when he gets back and the behavior that he does then.”

Young has been unreliable on and off the field. He reportedly has been lining up in the wrong position on the field at times. He’s got top athletic ability and the opportunity to be a major contributor but he’s been as much of a distraction at times as anything else.

“It’s definitely going to be in his court when it comes to his actions and where it is," Schwartz said.

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