JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Jeremy Mincey rejoined teammates Wednesday, four days after he was left home and fined for being late to a meeting.
Mincey said he spread himself "too thin" between football, his 3-month-old daughter and his recording business.
"I was just negligent as a football player and as a role model on this team," Mincey said. "I just need to bounce back and do everything the right way."
Coach Gus Bradley didn't allow Mincey to travel to Houston last week after he was late to a Saturday meeting. Mincey said he overslept and hinted that it wasn't his first slip-up.
"I was wrong, point blank, and I deserved the fine and I'm willing to live with the consequences and repercussions," Mincey said. "There have been little nicks and knacks. Sometimes the last straw is the last straw. That was the last straw for coach Gus and for the team. I've just got to be better."
Bradley met with Mincey again Monday and welcomed him back at meetings and practice Wednesday.
"I've challenged Mince," Bradley said. "I don't know if regain the trust is the right word, but I think he's just got to come back and go to work. No talking. No anything else. Just work and regain the trust through that. That's the challenge for him right now.
"We're at the point where we don't want to hear any more. We want to see it."
Mincey, a sixth-year veteran from Statesboro, Ga., who attended nearby Florida, is in the second year of a four-year contract worth $20 million. The deal included $9 million guaranteed, but since his base salary jumps from $1.525 million to $4.475 million next year, he's no lock to be part of the team's future.