Jackson suspended indefinitely for drug abuse

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew ended his 38-day hold-out on Sunday, returning to the NFL team without a new contract.

Jackson suspended indefinitely for drug abuse

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Maurice Jones-Drew (Reuters)

With the Jaguars preparing for their season opener next Sunday against the host Minnesota Vikings, Jones-Drew reported to the team, saying he was ready to play.

"There was nothing to be gained," Jones-Drew said about his decision to return. "It was a dispute over money, at the end of the day. There was no, 'won or lost.'

"We're over it. It's solved for the time being and we're ready to roll."

A three-times Pro Bowler, Jones-Drew was the NFL's rushing champion last season with 1,606 yards.

The 27-year-old running back had wanted the team to renegotiate the final two years of his current five-year deal and make him one of the league's best-paid running backs.

The hold-out quickly escalated into a tense stand-off between Jones-Drew and owner Shad Khan, who warned the running back that: "The train is leaving the station. Run, get on it."

Both sides, however, appeared eager to end the dispute and call a truce.

"The Jaguars are a better football team today than we were yesterday, and now our entire franchise can move forward together and as one," Khan said. "Nothing more needs to be said."

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