2012 NFL Off-Season: Nick Fairley, Titus Young Return to Lions Practice Despite Incidents

The Detroit Lions haven't gone off to a great start in this year's off-season. Looking to get past their ugly ways, some players continue to taint the team's reputation.

Several them include incidents like Mikel Leishoure and Johnny Culbreath, who both were arrested for possessing marijuana.

Nick Fairley soon followed after with possession of the drug last month. He was recently pulled over a few days ago for driving under the influence.

Then there was young wide receiver Titus Young, who punched veteran safety Louis Delmas during practice when he wasn't looking.

Fairley and Young were able to participate in Tuesday's OTA's despite the incidents. They both also had security escorts to avoid the reporters. However, they were able to get to Young.

"My recent actions have not always been up to the standards the Lions expect or the standards that I expect from myself," Young said. "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 Lions have a lot of young players running into the law, which doesn't fit well for a team who is finally getting rid of their losing ways.

"What we have here is a case of a few guys tainting the reputations of a lot of others," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "The actions of the few have affected the reputation of not just the other guys, but also the organization as a whole, and that's obviously not a good situation."

Fairley and Leishoure, who are both now entering their second year in the league, have had two run-ins with the law already.

"There's some maturing things that go on and some mistakes that guys make that they learn from, but what we have here is a situation that it appears that a couple guys haven't learned and that is concerning," Schwartz said. "But they are still young and there's still a lot in front of them and we are hopeful that they can -- with a lot of other means at their disposal -- be able to get this under control and be able to put them behind them."

I believe if Fairley and/or Leishoure get into another incident again, Detroit should just cut them. They are finally getting rid of a bad reputation and having characters like these on the squad doesn't help.

Josh Dhani is the founder of FootBasket. He also contributes at Hoops Authority and Eight Points Nine Seconds. You can read more about him at his website. Follow him on Twitter @joshdhani.

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