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Jags startailbackbegins holdout

JACKSONVILLE — Jaguars star running back Maurice Jones-Drew failed to report with the rest of his teammates for the start of training camp Thursday.

Jones-Drew wants a new contract — similar to ones recently given to the Bears' Matt Forte and Ravens' Ray Rice — after leading the league with 1,606 rushing yards last season. He has two years left on a five-year, $31 million contract. He is set to make $4.45 million this season and $4.95 million in 2013.

His average salary ranks eighth among NFL backs.

Owner Shad Khan and general manager Gene Smith insisted they wouldn't negotiate a new deal, not wanting to set a precedent of paying players with two years remaining on lucrative, front-loaded deals.

Jones-Drew, who skipped all offseason workouts, can be fined up to $30,000 for each day of camp he misses.

Revis reports: Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis reported for camp on time. Last month he said he was unsure if he would do so while looking to rework his contract. Two years ago Revis held out, then signed a four-year, $46 million deal. He will make $13.5 million over the last two years.

Panther donates: Carolina receiver Steve Smith will give $100,000 to the city of Aurora, Colo., which will distribute it to victims of last week's theater shooting to offset their medical expenses.

Bounties: A hearing in New Orleans federal court for suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma ended without a decision about whether he can return to work. Vilma, suspended for the season over the team's bounty program, wants a temporary restraining order while his lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell proceeds. The judge did not say when he would rule.

Two picks sign: Nose tackle Dontari Poe, the 11th overall draft pick in April, signed a day before Chiefs camp opens. Offensive tackle Matt Kalil, the fourth overall pick, signed a day before Vikings camp opens.

Cardinals: Guard Russ Hochstein signed. Last season, his 11th, he appeared in 15 regular-season games and started both playoff games for the Broncos.

Dolphins: Guard Eric Steinbach agreed to a one-year deal. He started 124 of 125 games for Cincinnati and Cleveland over his first eight seasons before sitting out 2011 with a back injury.

49ers: Safety Dashon Goldson, who last season tied for the team lead with six interceptions, signed his franchise tag tender, for one year and $6.2 million. He and the team failed to reach a multiyear deal by the July 16 deadline. He said he did not consider holding out when camp opens today.

Lions: Saadia Van Winkle sued defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for about $1 million, alleging she was hurt in a December car crash involving him. Police said Suh, whose lawyer wasn't available for comment, was not impaired and was cooperative with officers after the accident.

Ravens: Left tackle Bryant McKinnie did not report to camp. Coach John Harbaugh said only, "He's dealing with an issue."

Saints: Punter and kickoff specialist Thomas Morstead agreed to a six-year, $21.9 million extension, his agent said. Among punters, his average salary will trail only the $4 million of Oakland's Shane Lechler.

Seahawks: Receiver Antonio Bryant signed. He left the Bucs in 2010 for a four-year, $28 million deal with the Bengals. They cut him before the season, and he has been out of the league since.

UFL: A year after financial problems cut its four-team season short, the United Football League will return. The league, for players seeking to reach the NFL, begins an eight-week season Sept. 19. The number of teams has not been determined. But the league signed a deal with CBS Sports Network to air two games a week.

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