Steve Smith's safely away from reporters this week and next, but did address his suspension on his charity's blog Friday.
Smith's words, appearing on the Athletes United for Youth website, continued his theme of penance he began with his apology on Aug. 4.
"My job is not to bring anybody back in the public to being on my side, but I can stand up and say, ‘I’ve made a mistake,'" he wrote. "I’ll be the first one to own up to it. I’ve never been a guy to shy away from things – when I’ve done good or bad. I took full accountability for what happened and if people think that’s me trying to push it under the rug, you need to look at what accountability is."
Smith also mentioned lingering pain from his shoulder, which he hurt in the preseason game against Washington.
"I’m not sure what we’ll do at the end of season," he said. "I’ll talk to more than one doctor to get a fair assessment on the best procedure to minimize that pain that I have on a day-to-day basis. It really doesn’t concern me too much. I’ll play this season."