After placing his troubled receiver on injured reserve earlier in the week, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz confirmed to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday that Titus Young will likely need surgery on his injured knee this offseason.
Unwilling to improve his attitude in practice after being allowed back with the team recently, Young's immature tendencies have clearly rubbed Schwartz and many within the organization the wrong way over the last two seasons. To make matters worse, Schwartz expressed doubt to reporters about whether Young would even show up for the surgery at all, a comment which does not bode well for the young receiver's future in Motown.
Asked if he expects to remain in contact with Young throughout his rehab process, Schwartz told the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett that he plans to "cross that bridge when we get there." The 23-year-old Young began his career with the potential to be one of the league's elite No. 2 receiving options behind Calvin Johnson, but is now very likely to be looking for a new home this offseason.
Schwartz on Titus Young needing knee surgery: "Yeah, most likely. Yes, unless he doesn’t show up for it." Not a good sign for his future.— Carlos Monarrez (@cmonarrez) December 5, 2012