Khalif Barnes Update

Coach Jack Del Rio doesn't want to talk about the incident Saturday morning in which left tackle Khalif Barnes crashed his 2007 Mercedes into a tree and left the scene of the accident.

He declined to say whether Barnes will face any disciplinary action from the Jaguars after getting involved in his second motor vehicle incident in the last year early Saturday morning.

Barnes, who was suspended for the Houston game last Nov. 12 after being arrested on a DUI charge, was charged with leaving the scene of the accident and violating his probation that forbids him from driving except to work. Barnes told police he was driving to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for mandatory treatment on his ankle. His attorney, Hank Coxe, said he dozed off.

Del Rio not only wouldn't discuss the matter, but criticized a writer for asking if Barnes would face any discipline.

"You have a unique way, I think it's a unique way, of seeing the negative in every single situation. It's incredible. I don't know how you live with yourself. It's unbelievable how you can look at situations and see the absolute negative. It's a true talent you have," he said.

Still, a league spokesman, Greg Aiello, said the league will review the situation.

Aiello said, "It's a league matter under our policies. That's all we can say at this point. It'll be reviewed. This falls under substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies. Other people in our office will make that determination."

Following their usual policy, the league didn't announce whether Barnes was placed in the league's substance-abuse program last July after pleading no contest to the DUI charge and being put on probation for six months.

Like Del Rio, Barnes wasn't eager to talk about the situation.

"I'd rather not talk about that situation right now. I respect you guys and everything you guys do, but I'd rather talk about the ankle or football or something like that," he said.

He said he feels ready to play on the ankle he sprained in Denver but he was limited in practice Wednesday and if he can't go, Mo Williams will start in his place.

When he was asked if he talked to Del Rio, Barnes said, "I talked to him earlier in the week. That's pretty much all I've got to say about that situation right now."

Running back Fred Taylor said, "I don't want to drag him under the bus. He's gone through a lot. But at the same time, you've got to be a little bit more responsible to yourself and your teammates regardless of whatever happened. (That's the) bottom line."

Of what's going to happen next, Taylor said, "I know we've got a pretty stiff commissioner. You never know what he's going to do. If something does happen, each individual has to step his game up so it doesn't affect us."




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