Young regrets penalty on Patriots’ Brady
Defensive end Willie Young said he regrets his penalty for
taunting Tom Brady in Detroit’s 40-9 preseason win over the New
England Patriots on Thursday night.
After hurrying Brady into an incompletion in the New England end
zone, Young grabbed Brady by the collar and put his finger in the
Instead of facing third-and-10 deep in their own territory, the
Patriots got a first down.
”I just can’t do things to hurt the team and I know that,”
Young said after Saturday’s practice.
The penalty happened late in the second quarter and Detroit
coach Jim Schwartz benched Young for the remainder of the game
after the play.
”There is no explanation (for Young’s actions) that would serve
any purpose in this case,” Schwartz said.
Young wouldn’t say what he said to Brady.
”What happened between the lines stays between the lines,”
Young said. ” . Tom Brady, I have much respect for him. Ask Tom
Brady what I said.”
Young wouldn’t discuss the matter any further.
”I’m moving on to Buffalo,” he said, in reference to the
Lions’ final preseason game on the road against the Bills on
The Lions have gotten a reputation for taking costly,
undisciplined penalties over the past two seasons and it has
continued so far in the first three preseason games.
Two of Young’s fellow defensive linemen, Nick Fairley and C.J.
Also took penalties after the whistle earlier in the win over New
”We’re trying to avoid penalties as much as we can,” Schwartz
said. ”I’m not going to bench a guy for grabbing somebody’s face
mask or something.”
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who was a last-minute
scratch for the win over the Patriots because of a bruised knee,
was on the field for Saturday’s practice but did not participate in
Johnson referred all questions about his injury to Schwartz, who
said ”I’m not going to comment on anybody’s physical
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was also on the field, but didn’t
Running back Montell Owens also didn’t practice. He suffered a
knee injury against New England.
Other starters not practicing were safety Louis Delmas, who
returned from a knee injury in Thursday night’s game by playing two
series, linebacker Ashlee Palmer, defensive lineman Jason Jones
(knee), cornerback Chris Houston and rookie punter Sam Martin.
Reserves who didn’t practice were tight ends Michael Williams,
Matt Veldman (Achilles tendon) and Joseph Fauria and safety John
But safety Grover Quin, who left Thursday’s game in the first
half due to a hip injury, did practice on Saturday.
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