The New York Jets reported for training camp with high hopes — and without perhaps their best player.
All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is holding out while locked in a contract dispute with the team. And there's no telling how long he might stay away.
"Darrelle and his family were extremely deliberate with the decision-making process," agent Neil Schwartz said Sunday. "Obviously his actions speak far louder than words."
Revis didn't show for the team's conditioning test Sunday morning at the Jets' training facility in Florham Park, N.J. He officially became a holdout when he missed the team's first meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Cortland.
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Not good news for a team with its sights set on a Super Bowl.
"The lines of communication are open and we remain committed to finding a solution that makes sense for him and makes sense for us," General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said. "The two things that we've all agreed upon is that Darrelle has outplayed his contract and it needed to be addressed, and he has three years to go on his contract."
Revis is to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, making him one of the lowest-paid defensive backs on the team this season. He wants to be the league's highest-paid cornerback, a distinction that belongs to Nnamdi Asomugha, who signed a three-year, $45.3 million extension last off-season.
Tannenbaum added that the main disagreement between the sides is in total compensation.
By holding out, Revis will be fined $16,523 for each day he's not with the team and waived a clause in his contract which would have guaranteed him $20 million over the last two years of his deal.
"He's a great player, the best corner I've ever been around," Coach Rex Ryan said. "So, certainly, I'm disappointed. I really thought, in my heart, he would be signed by now and we wouldn't be having these conversations."
Moreno, Buckhalter hurt
Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno injured his hamstring Sunday and could miss the rest of training camp, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team hadn't confirmed the injury.
Moreno, who missed the start of last year's camp as a holdout, was carted off the field midway through the two-hour morning practice after hurting his right leg. Another running back, Correll Buckhalter hurt his back minutes later and limped off favoring his left leg.
Coach Josh McDaniels, who 48 hours earlier traded veteran running back J.J. Arrington to Philadelphia for special teams stud Joe Mays, said he didn't know the extent of their injuries.
"Certainly, you don't want to see two of your guys that you really count on at the same position come off the field on the first day of training camp," McDaniels said.
The Broncos' backfield now looks like this: waiver wire pickup and former Louisville player Kolby Smith, undrafted rookie Toney Baker and second-year pros Lance Ball and Bruce Hall.
Welker back on the field
Patriots receiver Wes Welker was removed from the physically unable to perform list and placed on the active roster Sunday, seven months after tearing ligaments in his knee. Welker practiced with the club Sunday morning.
Welker was injured early in the final regular-season game against the Houston Texans on Jan. 3. He underwent surgery for a torn ACL and MCL a month later.
On Sunday, Welker ran pass patterns and participated in non-contact drills. He was loudly applauded by fans every time he touched the ball.
Chargers sign Mathews
Rookie running back Ryan Mathews signed a five-year, $25.65 million contract with the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, with just more than $15 million in guaranteed money.
Mathews, the heir apparent to LaDainian Tomlinson, missed seven practices last week.
San Diego moved up 16 spots in the draft to take Mathews with the 12th pick overall. He rushed for 3,280 yards in three seasons at Fresno State, scoring a school-record 39 touchdowns and averaging 6.1 yards per carry.
Around the league
Redskins: Albert Haynesworth's sore left knee kept him from taking his conditioning test once again Sunday, forcing the two-time All-Pro defensive tackle to sit out practice for the fourth straight day.
Jaguars: Tight end Zach Miller is practicing for the first time since minicamp, returning to the field after missing summer workouts with a foot injury. The team activated Miller from the physically unable to perform list Sunday.