Lions receiver Titus Young has been absent from Organized Team Activities, apparently for sucker punching teammate Louis Delmas last week, and head coach Jim Schwartz is refusing to say when Young will be back.
Schwartz previously said that he wouldn’t talk about players who didn’t attend voluntary workouts, and he said today that he will stand by that.
“I think I addressed that a couple of days ago,” Schwartz said, via Anwar Richardson of MLive.com. “That’s the most I’m going to address it. When there is a change, I will address it again.”
The Lions have said through a writer for the team’s website that Young is not suspended, but they haven’t said whether Schwartz told Young not to attend OTAs. After a loss to the Saints last year in which several Lions (including Young) picked up stupid penalties, Schwartz said he would bench players who cost the team 15 yards with personal fouls after the play. But Schwartz said he handles incidents during offseason workouts differently.
“There’s all kinds of different things,” Schwartz said. “There’s things that happen. There’s some things that should be avoided. There’s other things that can’t be avoided. Every single situation is a little bit different. One thing you don’t want to have, if you’re on the field, fighting is a 15-yard penalty and cause for ejection. Those things are not good for us.”
And one player sucker punching another player at offseason workouts isn’t good for the Lions, either. It’s not surprising that Schwartz is in no mood to talk about it.