Maurice Jones-Drew ends lengthy holdout with Jaguars

Jaguars’ Maurice Jones-Drew is glad to be back but doesn’t regret his actions.
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Jaguars’ Maurice Jones-Drew is glad to be back but doesn’t regret his actions.

Maurice Jones-Drew remains as passionate as ever about his value.

So when the Jaguars running back ended his 38-day holdout Sunday — without a new contract — he had no apologies, no regrets, and no concerns about his standing with the franchise.

‘‘I'm in a good place,’’ he said. ‘‘I did something I felt was right, and I'm always going to feel right. I'm not going to feel wrong for what I did at all. And that’s why I can come back and not have a negative attitude. I think if you regret things, you’re going to come back salty, be a distraction, things like that.


‘‘I don’t feel that way ‘cause what I did was right. No one can tell me it was wrong. Not one person here can tell me what I did was wrong.’’

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Jones-Drew arrived at the team facility Sunday morning, chatted with teammates, and met with with coach Mike Mularkey.

The NFL’s leading rusher in 2011, Jones-Drew skipped the team’s entire offseason schedule in what became a nasty contract dispute.

Mularkey can fine up to $30,000 a day — plus $60,000 for a three-day, mandatory minicamp in June — meaning the total tab could end up being $1.2 million. Jones-Drew declined to reveal what he and Mularkey discussed regarding the potential fine.

Jones-Drew is scheduled to make $4.45 million in 2012 and $4.95 million next year.


He wanted to renegotiate the final two years of a five-year, $31 million deal that paid him nearly $22 million the last three seasons.

Waiting on Witten

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten won’t know until Tuesday if he will be cleared to play in the season opener. Witten is set to have a CT scan before the team leaves for New York to determine if his lacerated spleen is healed. Owner Jerry Jones says that scan probably will dictate if the seven-time Pro Bowl selection gets to play against the Giants on Wednesday night. Witten had limited participation in practice Sunday, but says he’s doing everything he can to be ready to play if he’s cleared . . . Panthers coach Ron Rivera said wide receiver Steve Smith (foot infection) and linebacker Jon Beason (hamstring) are expected to play in the team’s Sept. 9 opener against the Buccaneers after both returned to practice Sunday. However, Rivera isn’t sure about running back Jonathan Stewart, who remains out with a sprained ankle . . . One day after releasing him, the Giants re-signed guard Mitch Petrus. Petrus, a third-year player, was waived Saturday after the Giants were awarded offensive tackle D.J. Jones on waivers from the Eagles. But the claim was negated when Jones failed his physical with the Giants . . . The Rams claimed rookie running back Terrance Ganaway (Jets) and defensive tackle Kellen Heard (Bills) off waivers.