ALLEN 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.
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 Thursday.
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 England.
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