Jones-Drew skipping Jaguars' voluntary minicamp

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 17, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars reacts aftrer a touchdown during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is skipping the team's voluntary orientation for veterans in what could be a contract dispute. Jones-Drew is one of two players under contract not on hand for the three-day session, which began Tuesday. Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (eye surgery) also is sitting home. Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushing last season, gaining 1,606 yards for the league's worst offense. The All-Pro back has two years remaining on a five-year deal worth $31 million that he signed in 2009. The deal included $17.5 million guaranteed. New coach Mike Mularkey says he had an idea Jones-Drew would not attend the minicamp because he skipped the last two weeks of offseason conditioning, but adds that he's unaware whether Jones-Drew's absence is contract related.
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