I think it's safe to say that Titus Young's tenure as a Detroit Lion is officially on borrowed time. Although Young returned to practice this week after spending time away from the team yet again, it doesn't sound like a whole lot of progress has been made. I'm basing this both on Young's media session -- if you can even call it that -- and what Dominic Raiola had to say about Young on Friday.
Let's start first with Raiola's comments. He didn't hold back when asked about Young and absolutely destroyed him.
Raiola on Titus Young: "We've moved on from him. He wants to be an asshole, let him be an asshole. It's not my problem."— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) November 30, 2012
More Raiola on Young: "What we can control is the guys who want to be here. And when you act like that, you don't want to be here."— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) November 30, 2012
Raiola: "We've got good guys on offense. Don't be an asshole and don't be a jerk."— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) November 30, 2012
I'm sure Raiola is far from the only one in the locker room who feels that way about Young. Dave Birkett reported earlier this week that Young purposely lined up incorrectly against the Green Bay Packers and then mouthed off to wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson. The Lions finally said enough with his selfish behavior and decided to send him home last week.
This week, Young has spent time after practice doing extra work, and he even was picking up trash around the practice field, indicating that he is trying to work his way out of the dog house. However, his meeting with the media on Friday suggests that his attitude hasn't really changed. He declined to comment when asked about "the past," and Anwar Richardson reports that Young mostly gave answers that consisted of two or three words at most. What's more, he didn't apologize for his actions, and the press conference lasted all of approximately two minutes before Lions PR stepped in and ended it. Also, there's this:
FWIW: Titus' dress for his interview: Goody pulled up, stocking cap, dark sunglasses indoors. Sound like any other NFL WRs?— Lions RapidReports (@CBSLions) November 30, 2012
Jim Schwartz said on Friday that Young will be a game-time decision on Sunday. I just can't see how the Lions can bring him back as an active player this week, though. It's way too soon for that to happen given what he did, and I personally wouldn't have enough trust in Young to play him. At some point I'd consider giving him another shot, but it seems pretty clear that this is headed down a path where the Lions release Young sooner rather than later.
UPDATE: The Detroit News has a full transcript of Young's media session.