Lions WR Titus Young, who reportedly returned to practice Tuesday, released a statement regarding his absence from last week’s OTAs. Young reportedly punched Lions S Louis Delmas and was sent home.
Here is Young’s statement, which was posted on the team’s website:
“My recent actions have not always been up to the standards the Lions expect or the standards that I expect from myself. I am truly sorry for those times when I didn’t meet those standards.
“My absence from the practice facility and the OTAs last week was necessary for both myself and the team.
“The time away from the team afforded me the opportunity to reflect and come to the realization that by putting those incidents behind me I will be able to focus on becoming the best teammate and player that I can be.”
Young, a third-round pick in 2011, had 48 catches for 607 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie.
Also reportedly practicing Tuesday was DT Nick Fairley, who was arrested Sunday in Alabama on DUI and reckless driving charges.
The way we see it
The Lions and Young have to hope this closes the book on a controversy that swirled for more than a week. Young is a gifted player, someone who can make defenses pay for keying on Calvin Johnson, but this incident has raised questions about his maturity.