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Allen Park – Michael Roberts is taking his punishment like a man and looking to use his mistake as an opportunity to get better.

The Detroit Lions rookie tight end was suspended for the team’s season-finale after missing a mandatory team meeting on Saturday.

“I slept a little longer than I expected,” Roberts said.

While disappointed to end his rookie campaign on a sour note, he feels the punishment was fair.

“We are professionals, I did something unprofessional,” he said. “It’s not a big thing right now. It happened. I’ve got to move forward. I’ve got to be better. That’s where it is right now.”

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Roberts, who appeared in 15 games, primarily in a blocking role, said he’ll be a man on a mission this offseason.

“I’m going to come back the best shape I’ve ever been in,” he said. “I’ll make sure of that. I’ve got a year under my belt. I’ve got experience. I know what’s going on, got a feel.”