- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It appears Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey is going to sit out a second game as punishment for missing a team meeting last Saturday morning before the team's trip to Houston.
Coach Gus Bradley said Friday afternoon that he is leaning toward making Mincey inactive for Sunday's road game against the Cleveland Browns, but plans to meet with Mincey on Saturday before making a final decision.
"I'm leaning towards that, but I have not yet discussed it with him [and] the team," Bradley said. "I will hopefully today some and finalize it again tomorrow."
Mincey said earlier in the week said he anticipated playing against the Browns but didn't seem surprised by Bradley's comments on Friday.
"I've just got to follow the head man's lead," he said. "I've just got to be more consistent with being a team guy [and] doing everything the right way."
Mincey overslept and missed a team meeting last Saturday and Bradley decided not to take him on the team's trip to Houston to face the Texans and also fined him an undisclosed amount. Mincey said he had some other minor transgressions over the past few months and missing the meeting was the tipping point for Bradley.
Mincey has a 3-month old daughter and also owns a recording studio in Jacksonville and said he had gotten caught up with both of those things and his commitment to football slipped. He said on Wednesday he was grateful for Bradley's punishment because it helped him reorganize his priorities.
"I really got a lot of love and respect for coach Bradley and the way he does things and he did it the right way," Mincey said Wednesday. "I appreciate him for giving me the time to refocus myself and dedicate myself to football so you can see the real player that's in me and I can start going back to who I really am."
Mincey has played in seven games (he also missed three with a concussion) for the 2-9 Jaguars and has 13 tackles, one sack, three tackles for loss, and three quarterback pressures.
First-year player Ryan Davis filled in for Mincey against the Texans and made a game-saving interception with 34 seconds remaining in the Jaguars' 13-6 victory.
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