Titus Young says his absence was 'necessary' for himself, team

At this time last week, the Detroit Lions were scrambling to let it be known that Titus Young, the second-year wide receiver, had not been suspended from OTA’s after he punched teammate Louis Delmas in a workout.

But Young was absent and no one could say exactly why the player, who’d been around previously during the offseason program, had suddenly disappeared.

Well, Young has spoken. Sort of. On the same Lions Web site that reported Young had not been suspended, Young has issued a statement.

Here it is:

“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.”

The insinuation here is that Young will be back to work with those teammates this week. But the Lions have yet to officially announce that on the Web site.

The Young news, of course, will be buried once the team gets around to addressing the latest arrest for defensive tackle Nick Fairley, busted over the weekend for DUI and attempting to elude police.

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