After missing all of the offseason training activities, training camp and each of the four preseason games, Maurice Jones-Drew finally re-joined the Jaguars with one week to go before the regular season opener. However, his time missed added up to a potential $1.2 million fine for the star running back. According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, though, he will not be paying the maximum fine amount.
Per Cole, the Jaguars and Jones-Drew settled on a fine that is much less than the $1.2 million maximum fine possible, although MJD did have to forfeit some of his bonus. Cole also notes that the Jaguars will receive a cap credit in 2013 due to the settlement.
As has been noted before, it would set a poor precedent for the Jaguars to entirely waive the fine, but it would also be unnecessarily combative to force Jones-Drew to pay over $1 million in fines.
On Saturday the Jaguars announced that Jones-Drew has been activated to the 53-man roster, while running back Keith Toston was waived to make room.