Schwartz demands focus in Detroit

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Even with franchise player Cliff Avril away from the team and unsigned, the absence of second-year wide receiver Titus Young was bigger news last week at Lions organized team activities.
Young was back at practice Tuesday and released a statement that didn't clarify the exact reason he wasn't with the team last week.
Young reportedly was kept away from the team because of a fight with safety Louis Delmas in which Delmas was "sucker punched."
"What we have here is a situation that it appears that a couple guys haven't learned and that is a concern," coach Jim Schwartz said Tuesday.
Young had a "good practice" on Tuesday according to Schwartz. The coach stressed that one solid day of work won't erase incidents in which Young let the team down.
"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 time away from the team afforded me the opportunity to reflect and come to the realization that by putting those incidents behind me, I will be able to focus on becoming the best teammate and player that I can be."
Veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson said Young apologized for his actions Tuesday at the end of a team meeting. Burleson, often outspoken, said the team is wary of unwanted attention.
"We don't want to be one of those quote unquote teams labeled as bad boys," he said. "The Bad Boys are something different in Detroit."
Second-year defensive tackle Nick Fairley was also participating in practice after a weekend DUI arrest. Fairley was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana last month. Both incidents were in Mobile, Ala. Neither player was made available to the media after Tuesday's practice and instead were escorted off the field by team security to shield them from media members.