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And he said that’s really nothing new.
But when it comes to the situation Mincey faces this week, Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said the veteran defensive lineman’s approach actually can be pretty simple.
“I think he’s got to just come back and go to work,” Bradley said Wednesday afternoon as the Jaguars (2-9) prepared to play the Cleveland Browns (4-7) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, Sunday at 1 p.m.
Mincey, a six-year veteran defensive lineman, did not travel with the Jaguars to their game against the Houston Texans on Sunday for a violation of team rules. Mincey told reporters Wednesday he was punished for oversleeping and missing a team meeting, and that that wasn’t the lone issue.
Mincey, who told reporters a new business and new baby had distracted him, practiced with the Jaguars Wednesday and said he expects to be active Sunday.
“It’s time to refocus and rededicate myself to football,” Mincey said, adding, “We’re all human and we all make mistakes.”
Mincey also told reporters he appreciated Bradley’s handling of the situation, and said he had been negligent in being a team leader and role model. Bradley said he and Mincey spoke extensively about the situation Saturday and again Monday, and that he challenged Mincey to return to work.
Mincey said he will fight to re-earn respect in the locker room – and he said that’s really nothing new.
“I’ve been earning my keep my whole time I’ve been in Jacksonville,” he said. “I’ve been cut three times -- why not fight now? I’ll never give in. I’ll never give up. I’ve dug out of deeper holes than this; I’ll dig out of this hole. I’m just going to come in and refocus and do everything I need to do.
“I want to be a Jaguar. I have a lot of love and respect for Coach Gus Bradley and the way he does things. I appreciate him giving me the time to refocus and dedicate myself to football, so you can see the real player in me – and I can get back to who I really am.”
“I just felt in my heart that’s what we need to do, putting the whole picture together,” Bradley said. “I think he needed to reevaluate some things. We need him to be right. I felt like he needed some time to get right.”
*Forsett likely will be placed on injured reserve, Bradley said, adding that he and Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell will continue to evaluate the situation….
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