Notebook: Titus Young's status; Lions haven't lost faith in TE Brandon Pettigrew

Posted Nov 27, 2012

Receiver Titus Young was not at practice Tuesday as he still hasn’t been cleared to return to the team after being asked to leave the facility last week.

Young was placed on the inactive list against the Texans because of disciplinary reasons.

“Yeah, (he's) not here today,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz told the media Tuesday when asked of Young’s status.

“We’ll reevaluate that as we go and, again, we’ll decide based on his behavior getting him back with the team and getting him possibly back in a role.”

Schwartz said Young’s reinstatement with the team will depend on when he gets back around the team, which could potentially be sometime this week.

“Again, this was a decision (based on) who the best 46 were on Sunday,” Schwartz said. “That will continue to be evaluated. There have been times that he has been very productive in our offense; he’s been an asset for our offense, asset for our team, and that's what he needs to get back to.”

Schwartz was then asked if Young has played his last game as a Lion.

“I mean I think it’s way too soon to tell and stuff like that,” he answered. “But it’s definitely going to be in his court when it comes to his actions and where it is.”

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew has been the victim of two costly overtime fumbles in losses to Tennessee and Houston, and has also had his fair share of drops this season, too.

Despite his recent “rough spot” Schwartz still has confidence in the team’s first-round 2009 pick.

“I mean, I think that you need to be able to secure the ball. Obviously turnovers are critical in the NFL, particularly when you’re in scoring range, particularly in end game scenarios,” Schwartz said.

“There’s a lot of things that happened in that game that we have a chance to come back and overcome, but when you’re at the end of the game and you’re trying to get that field goal to get you over the top or something like that, that’s a situation you don’t have time to overcome.

“We have a lot of confidence in Brandon Pettigrew. He’s made a lot of plays for us. (It) has been a rough spot for him as far as some drops and some fumbles, but he’ll get through it and prove that he’s the good player that we all know he is.”