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Maurice Jones Drew Breaks Silence About Holdout

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew became the first and only Jacksonville player to be featured on NFL Network's list of the top 100 players of 2012 on Wednesday night when he snagged the 12th spot. Following the conclusion of the show, the three time All-Pro broke his silence about his current contract dispute that has withheld him from all offseason activities with the Jaguars so far, including a mandatory three day mini-camp last weekend.

"What I can say about it is this is the side of the NFL that is just as real as Sunday: It’s the business side," Jones-Drew told NFL Network. "It doesn’t get publicized as much as on the field and the Top 100 and those things, and this is what the NFL is really about. What I can say is that I hope that we can get something done, but to talk about it in the media is not going to help. Hopefully we can have something where we can be able to get out there and play in the future."

Jones-Drew was 30th on the NFL Top 100 list in 2011 and, for the second consecutive year, is the only Jaguars player to be featured on the list.

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