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Sims-Walker "violated the team itinerary" in Seattle

The Jaguars had one of the most curiously awful weekends in recent memory, losing 41-0 while watching three players have “off-the-field” incidents.

The most damaging was the surprise benching of Mike Sims-Walker, the third-year receiver who averaged 93 receiving yards in the team’s previous three games.  (It was also rather damaging to fantasy owners who had him in their lineups.  Although Rotoworld had the news an hour before kickoff if you were paying close attention.)

The Florida Times-Union reports that Sims-Walker “violated the violated the team itinerary” during their weekend in Seattle, when they arrived Friday night.

PFT is trying to learn if there is more to the story, and we’ll let you know when we confirm anything.

While Sims-Walker was not where he should be in Seattle, linebacker Quentin Groves was late arriving to the city. We told you Sunday night about Groves’ car accident on the way to the team plane in which a motorist accuses Groves of a hit-and-run and getting special treatment from the police.

Groves wound up missing the team plane and had to travel on his own.  There is some thought Groves, a second round pick in 2008, could get released.

The incidents stand out especially because of Jack Del Rio’s emphasis on the team’s work ethic and character after a tumultuous 2008 campaign.  Del Rio was asked how the weekend fit in with the new emphasis.

“It certainly tarnishes those kind of feelings and statements,” he said.

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16 Responses to “Sims-Walker "violated the team itinerary" in Seattle”
  1. Slow Joe says: Oct 12, 2009 10:24 AM

    Thanks to Sims-Walker, if my tight end (Dustin Keller) doesn’t get at least 10 fantasy points tonight, I lose this weekend.
    It doesn’t help that I benched Roddy White for him.

  2. HoosierFin says: Oct 12, 2009 10:38 AM

    WTF? Did he miss the team trip to the Space Needle? Come on, man … have him sit a series or two but not the whole game. You have a guy missing the team flight because he is pinballing off cars, but he gets to “play” (see final score). Did I mention that I had Sims-Walker starting this week?

  3. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 12, 2009 10:40 AM

    Just another roller coaster ride in Jacksonville. Play division opponents close and forget to show up against everyone else.
    Look for the Rams to come close to grabbing a W.

  4. Big Stretch says: Oct 12, 2009 10:59 AM

    This move proves that Del Rio should be fired immediately.
    along with dick jauron and gary kubiak

  5. HarrisonHits says: Oct 12, 2009 11:00 AM

    Sims-Walker is 1, Goves is 2, who’s the third player who had an off field incident ?

  6. coaltrain says: Oct 12, 2009 11:20 AM

    This sorta stuff wouldnt be going on if Rush owned the team.

  7. JagMania65 says: Oct 12, 2009 12:22 PM

    Rosenthal is confused by Sims-Walker having two last names, so he thought there were two players involved!

  8. eatme says: Oct 12, 2009 1:24 PM

    Guessing they mean this one from the Florida Times Union link, although it didn’t happen this weekend?
    “Yet the team had three off-the-field incidents in the last two weeks, including two over the weekend.
    Linebacker Brian Iwuh was inactive for the Houston game for breaking a team rule.”
    I had Roddy on the bench for him, too, but caught it at about 2:55 ct. Not too often someone is out that late.

  9. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 12, 2009 1:50 PM

    i got screwed on Sims-Walker for Fantasy Football too. used him to occupy a spot for a bye-week player.
    last time i use a jaguar for anything. useless players for fantasy football

  10. bspurloc says: Oct 12, 2009 1:55 PM

    There are rules for reasons.
    You break them you pay the consequences.
    All players are equal.
    Last I checked all players were dudes.
    that means there are no fragile girls playing in the NFL so there is no reason to hug and cry with a “I’m sorry we will let you off if you promise not to break the rules again.”
    If you still don’t get it ask Ditka or Singletary.

  11. CJCrazyLegs28 says: Oct 12, 2009 2:07 PM

    You deserve to lose if you bench Roddy White for this guy. Wow. Pro Bowl receiver vs receiver who had a couple good games against terrible secondaries? Take your pick.

  12. kurtismantronik says: Oct 12, 2009 2:25 PM

    I had a starting WR trio of Calvin Johnson, Roddy White and Mike Sims-Walker. Roddy saved my day.
    That, and having the balls to drop Mason for Austin Collie and switch him in for MSW before the kickoff to Jags-Seahawks.
    I just thought I would post this because I always read of people’s heroic last minute changes to win their matchup. It feels good.

  13. Deb says: Oct 12, 2009 2:35 PM

    @bspurloc …
    Hey, easy there. I’m a girl and I get it. And just because girls are pretty doesn’t mean they’re fragile. (If you don’t get that, ask your wife or your mom.) Sounds to me like instead of expecting to get off for a “hug and cry” they were expecting to get off for a wink and nod–you know, boys will be boys. Last I checked all NFL players were grown men. If people don’t get it, yeah, they can ask Ditka or Singletary … or Jack Lambert & James Harrison.

  14. Jag4Life says: Oct 12, 2009 4:21 PM

    DEB:
    I like it. Way to stand up for the women of the football world. Sounds like you know more than most of the @#$!@ on here.
    texasPHINSfan :
    By your fancy name i take it your a Dolphin fan. Last time i check the dolphins don’t have ONE solid fantasy player and don’t say Ronnie Brown. He’s ok, not solid.

  15. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 12, 2009 4:35 PM

    bspurloc,
    No fragile girls in the NFL? Did you ever see T.O.’s jag about “his quarterback” Tony Romo?

  16. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Oct 12, 2009 9:49 PM

    Drifting a little bit off the subject, the Jaguars should trade DT John Henderson to the Atlanta Falcons for a 3rd round pick. Let the man go to a contenduh. Out.

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