Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is back at EverBank Field and has ended his holdout, as first reported by Big Cat Country. The Jaguars will hit the practice field on Monday to begin preparation for their matchup with the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 of the regular season and Jones-Drew can jump into practice immediately, in pads, unlike if he had reported during the preseason.
During the preseason there was a three-day waiting period before a player could practice in full with pads, such as we saw when first-round pick Justin Blackmon finally signed his contract in the preseason. That rule goes away after the first preseason game, so it is no longer in effect. Jones-Drew will practice on Monday, in full, bearing he is in shape.
Jones-Drew may hold a press conference this afternoon, but as it stands right now Rashad Jennings is still expected to be the starting running back come Week 1. Jones-Drew, I imagine, will still get plenty of work. There is also no word yet on how much the Jaguars will be fining Jones-Drew, if they will at all. General manager Gene Smith told the media the fine was Mike Mularkey's call, but I tend to think they will be waived.