PARK, Mich. (AP) — 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.
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.
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 Thursday.
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 England.
"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."
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 drills.
Johnson referred all
questions about his injury to Schwartz, who said "I'm not going to
comment on anybody's physical condition."
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.
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 Wendling.
But safety Grover Quin, who left Thursday's game in the first half due
to a hip injury, did practice on Saturday.