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Titus Young: Detroit Lions WR Sent Home, Inactive vs. Houston Texans

DETROIT - OCTOBER 28: Wide receiver Titus Young #16 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks October 28, 2012 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions won 28 - 24. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Eric McKelvieSenior Writer INovember 20, 2012

Titus Young is in trouble again.

The Detroit Lions' wide receiver was sent home from the team’s practice facility Monday and won’t play in Thursday’s game against the Houston Texans, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

This is Young’s punishment for his on-field behaviour against the Packers that negatively affected the team.

The issue was brought to light when Young was benched at the end of Sunday’s game and wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson was seen yelling at offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on the FOX television broadcast. Jefferson appeared to be yelling at Linehan to take Young out of the game.

Jim Schwartz wouldn’t comment on the exchange, but did offer up an explanation for Young’s punishment, according to the Detroit Free Press.

When you play a game like football, it’s a team sport and players have obligations to the team and Titus hasn’t done a very good job of fulfilling those obligations this week and recently, Schwartz said. He’ll be inactive this week and we’ll plug the other guys in and go on.

Young made a number of costly mistakes in Sunday’s game that resulted in penalties and on top of that he simply did not produce offensively. Young had one reception for 24 yards in the game and now has 33 receptions for 383 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

Young is only 23 years old and has the talent to be an impact player in the NFL for many years. However, his immature, and at times erratic, behaviour must stop. 

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