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Titus Young, Nick Fairley both back at Lions’ OTAs

Lions Titus Young catches a pass in front of Tim Jennings of the Chicago Bears in the second half during their NFL football game in Chicago Reuters

A pair of trouble-making second-year players for the Lions are on the field this morning at Organized Team Activities.

Lions receiver Titus Young, who was told to stay home from OTAs after sucker punching teammate Louis Delmas, is back at work. And so is defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who was arrested over the weekend for drunk driving and attempting to elude the police.

Young released a statement through the team, acknowledging that he screwed up.

“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,” Young said. “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.”

Fairley has not spoken publicly since his arrest. Lions coach Jim Schwartz is expected to address the media today.

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31 Responses to “Titus Young, Nick Fairley both back at Lions’ OTAs”
  1. clintonportisheadd says: May 29, 2012 10:50 AM

    With their collection of problem children and criminals do we start calling them the Detroit Bengals or Cincinnati Lions?

  2. lolb23 says: May 29, 2012 10:58 AM

    Growing pains. Results of Millen busting every draft for a decade other than when he took Megatron.

  3. mmmegatron says: May 29, 2012 11:01 AM

    These young players really need to understand the fact that this team is ready to make a super bowl push. But in order for that to happen they are going to need these guys to step up and fill their roles.

  4. cometkazie says: May 29, 2012 11:03 AM

    I wish Schwartz would address the Lion’s problems rather than the media.

  5. Ghost Rat says: May 29, 2012 11:07 AM

    Nice to see Young take responsibility, but actions are more important than words.

    Now… is Fairley up to the task? And is Schwarz ready to start holding his players more accountable?

  6. rmc1995 says: May 29, 2012 11:08 AM

    Charles Woodson threw a punch into the stomach of an opposing playing. It was caught on film and cost the Pack 15 yards. Somehow he avoided being tossed from the game or being labeled dirty or a trouble maker or any team discipline. We have no video of what Young did…none…only speculation of what he did and why he didn’t participate in OTAs. Yet here he is immediately labeled as a trouble maker along with a guy who got a DUI! This doesn’t make sense. Seems he was quite agreeable in missing OTAs to avoid any trouble and took responsibility for his actions. That doesn’t sound like a trouble maker or in house trouble at all. Sounds like a resolution.

  7. trseann says: May 29, 2012 11:11 AM

    I really wish I could see what Young’s apology letter would look like if it was written by him.

  8. footballfanatic1906 says: May 29, 2012 11:13 AM

    Word is they both were immediately disciplined for shaking Schwartz’s hand waaaaay to hard!

  9. mylionsroaring says: May 29, 2012 11:18 AM

    I sure will be glad when they get back to playing football. The Lions are kinda fun to watch now. This offseason crap is for the birds.

  10. joetoronto says: May 29, 2012 11:21 AM

    olb23 says: May 29, 2012 10:58 AM

    Growing pains. Results of Millen busting every draft for a decade other than when he took Megatron.
    ***************************************************
    That’s it, until the end of time, you can Blame Matt Millen for all the Lions woes.

    SMH.

  11. m2karateman says: May 29, 2012 11:21 AM

    @cometkazie
    Schwart MUST address the media. If he doesn’t, the perception will be that he has done nothing in the wake of all these issues. He needs to call out these players, by name, and make it public knowledge that the team is taking steps to make things right. Schwartz has to gather this team and lay down some laws. It won’t affect most, since most of the players haven’t had incidents. But these rookies and second year guys have to know that what they are doing is affecting their long term playing time, and as such affecting their long term earning ability.

  12. specialteamsposter says: May 29, 2012 11:25 AM

    Fairley first one at practice, was able to beat the traffic.

  13. blondebombr says: May 29, 2012 11:49 AM

    Lions to trade ‘criminal’ Titus Young to Minnesota for Jerome Simpson.

    Schwartz on the caught dealing 8lbs of marijuana. “Hey, it wasn’t 9.”

  14. lolb23 says: May 29, 2012 11:55 AM

    That’s it, until the end of time, you can Blame Matt Millen for all the Lions woes.

    SMH.
    ___________________________________

    Show me the veteran leaders left over from Millen’s decade of destruction. Backus, Raiola…who else?

  15. kgun80 says: May 29, 2012 12:02 PM

    Is an electronic tracking bracelet league approved as a necessary part of the uniform?

  16. LoCoSu@%s says: May 29, 2012 12:03 PM

    Schwartz will have a short shelf life as a coach, if this keeps up.
    On the other hand, Marvin Lewis keeps on trucking regardless of whatever his players do off the field.
    The only conclusion I can reach is that if the Lions continue their current path and Schwartz retains his job – the Lions have modeled themselves after the Bengals!

  17. blondebombr says: May 29, 2012 12:18 PM

    @LoCoSu@%s s

    Short life span?

    Taking the worst team in NFL history and making the playoffs 3 years later, but having a fight in the locker room and a guy DUI’ing?

    Totally dude.

    Im surprised he hasn’t been fired already.

  18. fnc111 says: May 29, 2012 12:35 PM

    Fairley has a good chance of being suspended all season. Do your job Goodell. This guy is a bum. Possession of marijuana, DUI, running from police. Eight games minimum. Detroit is and will always be trash.

  19. fnc111 says: May 29, 2012 12:37 PM

    I will always laugh at how little Schwartz is, literally. Harbaugh made him look like a five year old kid last fall. Go cry some more loser!

  20. joetoronto says: May 29, 2012 12:39 PM

    lolb23 says:
    May 29, 2012 11:55 AM
    That’s it, until the end of time, you can Blame Matt Millen for all the Lions woes.

    SMH.
    ___________________________________

    Show me the veteran leaders left over from Millen’s decade of destruction. Backus, Raiola…who else?
    **************************************************
    That’s my point.

    I’m saying that Millen has been gone for some time now and continuing to blame him is wrong.

    No excuses. The Lions have a very talented team, it’s time to throw away the crutches.

  21. purpleguy says: May 29, 2012 12:41 PM

    So Young says that his actions have “not been up to the standards the Lions expect” huh? Seems his actions have been pretty consistent with the standards set by his draft class.

  22. wetpaperbag3 says: May 29, 2012 1:19 PM

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone really. One of the biggest issues regarding Fairley coming into the draft was is undisciplined and immature behavior and guess what he’s been found guilty of since being in the NFL…

  23. mazenblue says: May 29, 2012 1:20 PM

    Can’t wait for the pads to come on. I got 5 bucks that Delmas doesn’t forget.

  24. lolb23 says: May 29, 2012 1:51 PM

    lolb23 says:
    May 29, 2012 11:55 AM
    That’s it, until the end of time, you can Blame Matt Millen for all the Lions woes.

    SMH.
    ___________________________________

    Show me the veteran leaders left over from Millen’s decade of destruction. Backus, Raiola…who else?
    **************************************************
    That’s my point.

    I’m saying that Millen has been gone for some time now and continuing to blame him is wrong.

    No excuses. The Lions have a very talented team, it’s time to throw away the crutches.
    _________________________________

    You are missing my point. Yes, they are very talented but they are very, very young. Millen has been gone, ya, and in his wake is exactly 2 veterans. Veterans who other teams rely on to help these young players adjust to life in the NFL. It’s not an excuse, it’s a fact. I dare you to find another team in the NFL with less veteran leadership left over by the former regime.

    I realize it’s easier to judge in seconds than take the time to research things. But if you do, you’ll then maybe understand the point.

  25. lolb23 says: May 29, 2012 3:04 PM

    I will always laugh at how little Schwartz is, literally. Harbaugh made him look like a five year old kid last fall. Go cry some more loser!
    _________________________________

    I will always laugh about how Jim Harbaugh got a DUI as a 42 year old adult. At least Fairley is still in his early 20’s.

  26. fnc111 says: May 29, 2012 3:14 PM

    Did Harbaugh run from police? Did he just get picked up for drug possession weeks earlier? Nice spin job Detroit homer.

  27. lolb23 says: May 29, 2012 3:40 PM

    Did Harbaugh run from police?
    ——————————————

    Probably, same way he ran away from Schwartz.

  28. mjkelly77 says: May 29, 2012 3:59 PM

    fnc111 says:May 29, 2012 12:35 PM

    Fairley has a good chance of being suspended all season. Do your job Goodell. This guy is a bum. Possession of marijuana, DUI, running from police. Eight games minimum. Detroit is and will always be trash.
    _______________

    I take it you’re a Packers or Bears fan. If you’re a Bears fan, I really feel sorry for you.

  29. mjkelly77 says: May 29, 2012 4:08 PM

    Hairbow is an idiot wimp. When the 49ers beat the Lions, he got overly excited and giddy like a young girl who was just asked to the prom. Then he punched Schwartz in the back.

    Hairbow was ready to throw his QB under the bus, chasing Swamp Boy manning around the country, chapping his lips kissing manning’s butt. He’s lucky Alex Smith is still on the team.

  30. granadafan says: May 29, 2012 5:32 PM

    I have to laugh at people/bloggers who actually think Young actually wrote that “apology” statement. That came straight from the PR/ lawyer department of spin jobs.

  31. kodakinvegas says: May 29, 2012 11:55 PM

    NATIONAL FELON FOOTBALL LEAGUE

    Come on Goodell, clean this crap up. Where’s your morals and conduct code? 100 mph, booze, and evasion. You got enough going on, bounty gate, NFLPA, concussions, it looks like a 32 city of unorganized crime. Millionaire idiots a license to do anything. Literally. Guns, sex, violence, insubordination and now 100 mph drunks. Be a COMMISSIONER.
    GET THESE OUT OF CONTROL PUNKS STRAIGHT OR GET EM OUT WE THE FANS ARE PAYING THEM MILLIONS. FOR THIS? Give it to kids who want it and can appreciate it Sickening, every week if not every day. Drinks, dope, abuse, violence, enough already

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