Young, who was arrested three times in less than a month in May, is undergoing treatment and that is the reason he has twice failed to appear for hearings in the 11-count criminal case against him, according to his lawyer, Altus W. Hudson II.
Orange County Superior Court Judge Andre Manssourian met with Hudson and a prosecutor privately for five minutes, then went on the record, saying to Hudson, "I see your client is not behind you," according to the paper.
Manssourian said the reason Hudson gave for Young's absence will be considered "confidential and put in a confidential file."
The judge continued to "hold" a $100,000 bench warrant on Young -- meaning Young is not a fugitive but could be subject to arrest if he fails to show up for his next scheduled appearance, a pre-trial hearing set for Aug. 6.
Young faces up to 10 years in prison on 11 counts of burglary, attempted burglary and assaulting officers. He also may face prosecution for a DUI charge.
Young's lawyer declined to say where his client is or whether he is in a residential treatment center, the paper reported. According to The Detroit Free Press, Young is still undergoing psychiatric evaluation and his treatment is related to concussions he suffered while playing football, Hudson said.
"He's safe," Hudson said. "He's still suffering from concussions," Hudson told the Free Press.
Young's father previously told two Detroit newspapers that his son suffers from a mental health disorder and desperately needs help.
The Lions drafted Young in 2011 but released him in February after a drop in productivity and disputes with teammates and coaches.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.