ALLEN PARK — If Titus Young has grown up after being sent home for nine days, it doesn’t show.
His teammates know it. Center Dominic Raiola made his feelings known Friday, mincing no words.
The Detroit Lions wide receiver talked to the media on Friday for the first time since he was shipped home on Nov. 19.
He didn’t apologize.
He didn’t say much at all.
In less than two minutes, he uttered about 49 words.
Young sat in front of his locker wearing a white hoodie under his Lions practice jersey with the hood pulled up over his ears, over a a black nylon stocking cap. He sported a pair of Ray Ban sun glasses. There was no sun, it was indoors.
It was quite the performance and will do nothing to endear him to his teammates or fans.
Young wouldn’t not be specific on anything including what led to his suspension.
“Well, what happens in house, stays in house,’’ Young said.
Raiola said they have not let Young become a distraction.
“No, because you know what we’ve moved on, we moved on from him. If he wants to be a (freaking) (expletive), let him be an (expletive). It’s not my problem. What we can control is the guys who want to be here. And if you act like that you don’t want to be here,’’ Raiola told the Detroit News.
“What I want is the people who want to be here and I think everybody else wants the same thing. So if you don’t want to be here? Just (freaking) leave.
“... You know what I’m saying, we’ve got a good group on offense, don’t be a (freaking) (expletive), don’t be an (expletive), don’t be a jerk,’’ Raiola continued.
“We’ve got the best player in the world (Calvin Johnson) over there. He should look no further than that to know how to act. If you’re going to act like that, you’re done,’’ Raiola said.
Coach Jim Schwartz has not closed the door on Titus’ career with the Lions yet. He said he hasn’t determined if Young will be active for Sunday’s home game against the Indianapolis Colts.
“When we get to Sunday we’ll make the decision on who the best 46 are to give us a chance,’’ Schwartz said on Friday.
The coach has said that Young will have to earn his way back onto the active roster.
Progress this week?
“We’re taking it day by day,’’ Schwartz said.
Young practiced Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He said whether he plays on Sunday is “all in God’s hands.’’
He was inactive for the Thanksgiving game. Rookie Ryan Broyles stepped up with six catches for 126 yards.
Young had nothing to say to Lions fans and he was given the chance.
The second-round draft 2011 pick was given a chance to apologize, clear the air and move on. The media was told on Wednesday that Young would speak on Friday. He had days to prepare.
Instead he said nothing.
(Paula Pasche covers the Lions. Follow her on Twitter @PaulaPasche. Read her Lions Lowdown blog at oplions.blogspot.com.)