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

quarterback’s face.

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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