Jaguars coach apologizes for weekend indiscretions
The Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer apologized to his family, his team and owner Shad Khan for “being a distraction” after a video surfaced over the weekend showing a young woman dancing close to his lap.
Meyer called a team meeting Monday and vowed to “own it,” the motto he uses daily and has plastered all around the Jaguars facility.
“I just apologized to the team and staff for being a distraction,” Meyer said. “Just stupid and so I explained everything that happened and owned it. Just stupid. Should not have myself in that kind of position.”
Meyer didn’t fly back with his team following Jacksonville’s 24-21 loss at Cincinnati Thursday. He remained in Ohio to see family members and went to dinner Friday at his restaurant/bar in Columbus, Urban Meyer’s Pint House.
“I stayed to see the grandkids and we all went to the dinner that night,” he said. “There was a big group next our restaurant and they wanted me to come over and take pictures, and I did. They were trying to pull me out on the dance floor, screwing around, and I should have left.”
The 9-second video of Meyer and the woman went viral Saturday night.
“I’ve always been so defensive of (my players),” he said. “I remember when (rookie quarterback) Trevor (Lawrence) told me he was going to go to Vegas for his bachelor party. I was just like, ‘My gosh, man, be careful and surround yourself because I’ve seen this happen.’
“The team, I spoke to a bunch of leaders one on one, spoke to all the players. They’re good. They’re focused on Tennessee. I apologized again for being a distraction. A coach should not be a distraction.”
Injury list grows
San Francisco turned to rookie quarterback Trey Lance when starter Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a calf injury Sunday.
Garoppolo threw a TD on the opening drive but struggled after that for San Francisco. Lance had played only seven offensive snaps the first three games in a situational role. The No. 3 pick in the draft started the second half for the 49ers on Sunday and finished 9 for 18 for 157 yards with two TDs, 41 yards rushing and a 2-point conversion run.
The 49ers also lost kicker Robbie Gould to a groin injury in warmups. Punter Mitch Wishnowsky kicked an extra point on the opening drive but missed a 41-yard field-goal try later in the first half. Wishnowsky then missed an extra point following San Francisco’s second TD after a false start before a 2-point try.
Garoppolo wasn’t the only QB to go down on Sunday. Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a concussion and didn’t play in the second half against Baltimore. The 28-year-old Bridgewater was shook up just before halftime on a hit up the middle from Ravens linebacker Odafe Oweh. Bridgewater was 7 of 16 for 65 yards and one score.
The Broncos already short-handed at receiver, lost Diontae Spencer to a chest injury a play before Bridgewater got hurt.
Chicago running back David Montgomery had a huge game with 106 yards rushing and two touchdowns before injuring his knee in the fourth quarter. Bears coach Matt Nagy said he wasn’t sure how serious the injury is.
Detroit Lions edge rusher Romeo Okwara injured his leg in the same game.
Washington rallied to beat Atlanta, but did it without tight end Logan Thomas for most of the game. He left in the first quarter after playing just five snaps. Guard Brandon Scherff (knee) and receiver Dyami Brown (knee) were ruled out, as well.
Other injuries Sunday included Miami receiver Will Fuller (hand) and cornerback Byron Jones (quad). The Giants lost safety Jabrill Peppers to a hamstring injury.
The Saints lost running back Tony Jones Jr. in that game to an ankle injury. He was carted off the field in the second quarter.
The Jets lost cornerback Brandin Echols to a concussion Minnesota Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland (illness) and defensive tackle Michael Pierce (elbow) left early in their loss to the Browns. Coach Mike Zimmer said Pierce is going to get an MRI on his elbow.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, already thin at cornerback, lost starter Carlton Davis III to a quad injury in the second quarter of their 19-17 win at New England on Sunday night.