It appears Titus Young hasn't learned much since his rocky rookie campaign ended, and it is clear he still has a lot of growing up to do. However, the Detroit Lions don't plan to bar him from team workouts while he sorts out his issues.
After the wide receiver fought with safety Louis Delmas during a workout last week, reports surfaced that Young was not at OTAs on Monday due to the fight (news via Anwar Richardson of mlive.com), but the latest report is that the team doesn't plan to punish him, according to Lions lead writer Tim Twentyman:
The incident with Delmas did occur last week, but Young is not on any type of team suspension.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) May 22, 2012
Furthermore, though the team admitted that the incident happened, Twentyman was informed on Tuesday that Young was not, in fact, ordered to stay away from OTAs at all.
The details surrounding the alleged fight with Delmas were largely kept under wraps, and some even questioned the report's veracity before the team confirmed it to Twentyman.
According to Richardson, the 22-year-old wideout approached Delmas and punched him when he wasn't looking. Not a smart move, considering Delmas' standing on the team as a three-year veteran and team leader.
Nonetheless, it appears Young won't endure further discipline for the fight, and given the report that the receiver wasn't banned from OTAs, it remains unclear just how big of a deal the incident really was.
This wasn't Young's first issue with the Lions. After he was drafted by the team in the second round of the 2011 draft, he started in nine games but ran into trouble in Week 13 when he was benched against the Saints after a personal foul, according to ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert.
That being said, the former Boise State standout is young. He won't turn 23 until this summer, and expecting him to adjust seamlessly to life in the NFL is unrealistic. Granted, it's not too much to expect him to refrain from sucker-punching his teammates, though there's still no confirmation on that report.
Is Young immature? His actions have demonstrated as much. But he's a talented player who caught six touchdowns in his rookie campaign, so he warrants some additional patience. He's going to endure some growing pains.
The next question is, why would Young miss the team's first workout of the season of his own volition? Was he embarrassed? Did someone suggest he stay away without mandating it?
Hopefully, Young didn't decide to bail on OTAs. That doesn't bode well for his reputation as a troublesome work in progress. Hopefully, the team was aware of his absence from Monday's workout and there was a good reason for it.
If not, this situation could get even messier, and Young could ultimately prove to be more trouble than he's worth.