Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson said it was his decision to play last week, days after the death of a woman he dropped off at a hospital.
Nicholson and another man took 21-year-old Julia Crabbe to a hospital last week, and she later died there of a drug overdose. In his first public comments since the incident, Nicholson said this has been a difficult time for him but he decided to play against the New York Jets.
"It wasn't easy at all trying to separate the field from everything that was going on," the 23-year-old said.
The team did not force him to play and has been supportive, he said.
Nicholson and the team are cooperating with authorities. He is expected to play again Sunday against the Detroit Lions.