The Detroit Lions were back on the field for one of their “organized team activities” today and there were a few notable absences.
Cliff Avril was not present but that is not surprising considering he has yet to agree to a longterm contract or sign his franchise tender.
Stephen Tulloch was reportedly on crutches last week due to tendinitis and was not participating today. Amari Spievey and DeAndre Levy also were not present.
There isn’t any indication that those absences are anything to be concerned with. However, there was one more absence that is concerning. Titus Young was not at the practice facility and word has come out that the reason he was not present is that the team has banned him, at least temporarily from the facility.
The reason? A fight with teammate Louis Delmas – at least, sort of a fight. It was actually more of a sucker punch. Not good.
Young has a history of issues going back to his days at Boise State. Ty Schalter wrote the following in his “meet the cubs” article on Titus Young:
Young was suspended for the first quarter of the 2007 Hawaii Bowl, yet still fumbled twice in the remainder of the game. Still, that humbling experience wasn’t quite humbling enough. Young tuned out his coaches, put himself first, broke some team rules, and was ultimately suspended for all but three games in 2008. It reached the point where both parties were ready to move on.
Aside from an untimely personal foul call in New Orleans last year, Titus Young wasn’t a problem child as a rookie. For now, his teammates are getting back in the swing of football activities while Young sits in time out. It’s not known exactly how long Young’s exile will last, although a week or two is the early rumor.