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Lions ban Titus Young from OTAs for sucker-punching Louis Delmas

Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 4: Head Coach Jim Schwartz talks with Titus Young #16 of the Detroit Lions during a game against the New Orleans Saints to score a touchdown at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Lions 31-17. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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The Detroit Lions developed a reputation last year as a team that had too many players who let their tempers get the best of them. Some things never change.

Lions receiver Titus Young was not allowed to participate in organized team activities today because he sucker punched Lions safety Louis Delmas last week, sources told Anwar Richardson of

According to the report, Delmas and Young had a confrontation during a voluntary workout, and when Delmas wasn’t looking, Young punched him. As a result, the team told Young not to come to OTAs today. Delmas was on the field and participating today.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who gave Young an earful when he picked up a 15-yard penalty for hitting Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins in the face during Detroit’s December meltdown at the Superdome, declined to comment when asked about Young’s latest incident.

“This is the voluntary part of our offseason program,” Schwartz said. “There is no need to comment.”

In a normal workplace, if you punched a co-worker you’d be liable to get arrested, but an NFL team facility is not a normal workplace, and so Young, who was taken in the second round of last year’s draft, will apparently not face any criminal charges. That means he will not give the Lions their fifth arrest this year from their five-man 2011 draft class. Lions running back Mikel Leshoure has been arrested twice for marijuana possession this year, while defensive tackle Nick Fairley and offensive lineman Johnny Culbreath were each arrested once for marijuana possession.

It’s not clear how long Young will be kept out of OTAs or whether Young will face any further discipline from the Lions.