Schwartz: Lions May Welcome Back Titus Young

Titus Young (Mike Carter, USA TODAY Sports)

During his end-of-year press briefing on Monday, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't comment on his own job status, but did indicate the possible return of troubled receiver Titus Young.

During his end-of-year press briefing on Monday, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't comment on his own job status, but did indicate the possible return of troubled receiver Titus Young.

Young, the second-year player out of Boise State, finished the season on the team's Injured Reserve list with a knee injury -- a precarious decision following a pattern of disruptive behavior.

"He's still on our roster," said Schwartz, who stopped short of guaranteeing anything. "There's a window there -- and a chance there is a process involved (for him to stay)."

After a sucker punch to teammate Louis Delmas resulted in his suspension during training camp, Young's issues with the team came to a head during a November 18 loss to Green Bay.

According to reports, Young purposely ran the wrong route during the late stages in the game, drawing the ire of both teammates and the coaching staff. Young was exiled temporarily from the team, missing the annual Thanksgiving Day contest, and upon his return was jettisoned again before the team finally placed him on IR.

Young, who tallied 48 receptions during his rookie campaign in 2011, finished with 33 catches in 2012. But his absence affected the team significantly. In conjunction with injuries to rookie WR Ryan Broyles and veteran Nate Burleson, Young's antics forced the Lions to use practice squad player Kris Durham and little used depth personnel players Mike Thomas and Brian Robiskie as starting receivers.

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