As Maurice Jones-Drew's holdout continued to day 31 on Saturday with another absence from the running back, the possible fines for Jones-Drew reached a maximum of $930,000. Just three more practices and the possible fines for the three-time Pro Bowler will reach an excess of $1 million.
However, that doesn't mean that the Jaguars intend to fine Jones-Drew the maximum amount for his holdout, as they could waive the fine altogether or fine him a significantly less harsh amount. In a video on CBSSports.com, Pete Prisco reported that the players in the Jaguars locker room wouldn't be fans of the fine being fully waived, though.
"As far as the fines, the language in the CBA says ‘up to $30,000 a day.' Now I was in the locker room the other day and I talked to a bunch of the players and they all expect him and they want him to be fined something because there has to be a message from Mike Mularkey. So I think he's going to get fined, I think they'll lower the fine and sometimes these guys go ‘alright I'm going to fine you and wink wink we won't really collect it.' But I do think he has to be fined something by the front office."
Completely waiving the fine for Jones-Drew would probably be a bad move for Mularkey as it would set a bad precedent, but fining the star of the team $1 million would probably be unnecessary salt in the wound of a relationship that doesn't need further straining.
This is the first indication, though, of anything said by Jaguars players that didn't show that the players are 100% behind the NFL's leading rusher in 2011.