Following a break for the holiday weekend, the Detroit Lions will be back at it on Tuesday morning in Allen Park. They are resuming their organized team activities with what promises to be a very interesting day. It's not expected to be interesting because of what will happen on the field, but rather because of what will be discussed off of it after the OTA session comes to a close.
The big story that surely everybody -- from coaches to players -- will be asked about is Nick Fairley's weekend arrest. For those who might have been away for the holiday, Fairley was arrested early Sunday morning for driving under the influence and attempting to elude police. This was Fairley's second offseason arrest and is expected to result in an eventual suspension by the NFL. For now, the big question mark revolves around what the Lions' reaction to the arrest will be, and we should find out on Tuesday.
While Fairley's arrest will headline the OTA, that's not the only off-field issue the Lions will likely face questions about. Questions still remain about Titus Young's status following his absence from last week's OTAs, which was believed to be related to an alleged sucker punch on Louis Delmas a week earlier. If Young is still absent, there will likely be more questions about when he will be back, although they will probably continue to go unanswered. If he happens to be there, though, then there will be just as many questions about what has changed in order for him to return.
To say the least, we should learn quite a bit about some of the Lions' recent off-field problems on Tuesday, either from the perspective provided by the players and coaches or in a symbolic sense by their continued silence. This is a chance for the team to at the very least provide a strong response to Fairley's arrest and clear some things up on the Young situation. If silence and the phrase "no comment" turn out to be the theme of the day, then to me it will be an opportunity missed at a time when leaders are needed to step up and right the ship.
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