By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Two years into his pro career, former Boise State wide receiver Titus Young finds himself in nearly the same situation as his sophomore year of college.
Young was sent home from the Detroit Lions’ facility for insubordinate behavior last week, according to the Detroit Free Press. He did not play in the game against the Houston Texans.
Young purposely lined up in the wrong spot multiple times in a game against Green Bay, the Free Press reported.
Young has not returned to practice.
"The team and he both needed a little time away,” coach Jim Schwartz told the Detroit media.
Schwartz said Young could “potentially” return to the field this season and that it’s “way too soon to tell” if Young’s Lions’ career is over.
Young is third on the team with 33 catches for 383 yards and four touchdowns this season.
He was suspended for most of his sophomore season at Boise State in 2008. Coach Chris Petersen’s remarks then were similar to Schwartz’s now.
“It’s just that we need time apart,” Petersen said.
Young returned in 2009 and over his final two seasons was one of the most productive players in school history. The Lions drafted him in the second round in 2011.
Our Brian Murphy caught up with Young in Detroit in August. Here is that column, which addresses the wide receiver’s maturity.