Maurice Jones-Drew Holdout: 'This Is His Choice' Says Mike Mularkey

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 17: Head coach Mike Mularkey of the Jacksonville Jaguars watches a play against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 17, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew doesn't appear to be showing up to the Jaguars anytime soon, but head coach Mike Mularkey isn't going to stress himself out over it.

"We're locked in with the guys that we have and there has been zero distraction," Mularkey told NFL.com in a phone interview the weekend following the team's win over the New Orleans Saints. "There are choices and consequences. This is his choice. There is nothing I can do that could persuade him to do anything different."

As we've covered in the past, neither side seems to be willing to budge on the issue and it's become of staring contest. Who's going to blink first?

Mularkey noted in his interview that things like this used to "suck the energy out" of him when he was with the Buffalo Bills, but instead has passed over the contract situations to the front office, so he can give his team his full attention and focus. As it stands right now, the Jaguars don't seem to be missing the 2011 NFL's leading rusher much in the preseason.

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