In the wake of their 41-0 loss in Seattle Sunday, both wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker and defensive end Quentin Groves publicly apologized for being involved in off-the-field incidents Friday.
Sims-Walker was made inactive for the game after violating an unspecific team rule while Groves was involved in a three-car accident while driving to the airport for the flight to Seattle.
Groves missed the team charter and had to fly commercial and arrived in Seattle at 9:40 p.m., which was in time for the team's 11 p.m. curfew. He was allowed to play although he was demoted to special teams.
Sims-Walker met with team owners Wayne and Delores Weaver Monday to apologize and also apologized in front of the team.
"I made a mistake in judgment. I apologize to everybody for the team, the owners, Jack (Del Rio), Gene (Smith), the fans. I'm sorry. It'll never happen again. It was a bad mistake on my part," he said.
Sims-Walker declined to say what he did Friday night to be put on the shelf. The players didn't have any meetings to attend and their only responsibility was to make curfew.
When Sims-Walker was asked if it was a curfew problem, he said it was an internal matter.
"It's nobody's business but ours. We all know what happened. All that matters is that we're done with it. We're moving on," Sims-Walker said.
Del Rio didn't meet one-on-one with Sims-Walker in Seattle, but told the team Saturday morning he wasn't going to be playing.
Sims-Walker then apologized to his teammates at a team meeting Monday and he said it was accepted.
"They felt my pain," he said. "They saw before the game how sick I was. I couldn't look anybody in the eyes. I knew it was my fault. I put them in a bad situation."
A few minutes after Sims-Walker faced the media in the locker room, Groves did the same thing.
"I personally want to say I'm sorry to the Jacksonville community, especially Jaguar fans, coach Del Rio, Mr. Weaver, our whole family up here in the organization. I especially want to extend my condolences to the family that was involved in the accident. I'm sorry about what happened and it won't happen again," Groves said.
He said he called John Jackett, the driver of one of the other cars, to apologize.
Del Rio said that Groves would be fined for missing the team flight, but said he didn't plan further action based on what he knows now about the incident.
Del Rio said, "Unless there's more discovered than what I've been made aware of at this point, then he'll be fined and that'll serve as punishment based on what I know at this point."
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