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Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins apologizes for arguing with fans online

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 28: Austin Seferian-Jenkins #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on September 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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After drawing the wrong kind of attention by being thrown off the practice field for not knowing his assignments last week, Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins promised it wouldn’t happen again.

Of course, Seferian-Jenkins made it worse for himself by exchanging barbs with fans on the internet, and he apologized for that too.

“It’s a learning process. I’m ready today and excited to get back to work and get this behind me, . . . I won’t let it happen again,” he said, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. “It was a lapse of judgment. Obviously, it was not a good day. I was sent off the field. I was frustrated. I can’t take it out on the fans. That’s not fair to them at all. All they want is a winner, all they want is me to be successful, all they want me to be is great. They just want me to get ready and I respect that. For any of the fans I offended, I’m sorry. I can’t wait to get to work and be the best tight end I can be for you guys.”

“For any of the fans I offended, I’m sorry. I can’t wait to get to work and be the best tight end I can be for you guys.”

While jabbering with people on Twitter might have been ill-advised, his bigger problem was not knowing what he was supposed to do.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has downplayed the fact he tossed a guy from the practice field, but on a young team that unraveled last year, it’s the kind of lack of discipline (in both arenas) the Bucs don’t want to see again.