Dixon Speaks

"I was unable to get back Tuesday," WR Ron Dixon said. "I was supposed to be back to treatment on Tuesday and I didn't make it."

Ron Dixon spoke publicly for the first time today since he was suspended on Wednesday for one week for conduct detrimental to the team. Fassel suspended Dixon because the third-year wide receiver had been late for team meetings, missed scheduled treatments with the team's medical staff and failed to show up for scheduled doctors' appointments.

"Like I told coach Fassel, I don't want to make excuses," Dixon said. "I tried to do something I obviously didn't have time to do. I didn't make it on time for a team meeting, and he did what he felt was necessary."

Fassel said Dixon was excused Monday so he could travel to Jackson, Tenn. Dixon hopes to continue working toward his degree at Lambuth University this offseason. He said he is 16 hours shy of graduation. But he did not return for treatment on his injured knee on Tuesday or attend a mandatory team meeting on Wednesday.

"I was unable to get back Tuesday," Dixon said. "I was supposed to be back to treatment on Tuesday and I didn't make it."

When told that Fassel said he missed the meeting on Wednesday, Dixon said, "That's the problem that we have now - the suspension, because I came in late on Wednesday."

Dixon said "there were some things that came up," but declined to be specific. He was asked if he told Fassel about those other things.

"I didn't even go into it with him," Dixon said. "I wasn't trying to make excuses. He did what he felt was necessary, and I have to live with it. I'm not going to make excuses. What happened, happened, and I'm just going to have to deal with it."

Dixon underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Thursday, a procedure that is expected to sideline him for the remainder of the season. He said he wants to focus on rehabbing his knee, and not the suspension.

Asked if he was worried about how Fassel would perceive him for the future, Dixon said, "What I'm worried about is my knee. Nothing is going to go forward if my knee is not in tip-top condition."

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