JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There were some surprised looks at the Jacksonville Jaguars' OTA workouts this week when it was learned that running back Maurice Jones-Drew would spend the next two weeks training in Miami.
However, as his teammates are finishing the last seven of their 10 practice sessions at the Jaguars facility, MJD has permission to go it alone.
Jones-Drew has trained in Miami before, including part of last season when he skipped all of the team's OTAs while in a contract dispute with the club. The eighth-year running back is not holding out this season in what is the last year of the five-year, $31 million contract he signed in 2009.
There is no contract squabbling this offseason. In fact, Jones-Drew was at the Jaguars' first three OTA practices last week, learning the new system that coach Gus Bradley is installing. He is not practicing with the team, however, as he's still recovering from season-ending surgery (last December) for a Lisfranc injury.
"I think in his mind he just has a plan how he would like to see it come together and I wanted him here to go through all the install with us offensively," Bradley said. "I said we need you here and he did that. And then he said, 'Okay, now that we've got all the installs done, let's take the next step."
The Jaguars running back had Bradley's endorsement to journey to Miami where he trains with Pete Bommarito at his facility in Miami.
"(Maurice) talked to both (general manager) Dave (Caldwell) and I and he has a clear picture of what we expect when he goes down there and when he comes back," Bradley said. "We just felt like it was in his interest to go down there and rehab and condition.
"He's going back and forth with some of the things with his foot and (trainer) Mike (Ryan) has been great with him and Milo (strength & conditioning coach Tom Myslinski), but we just felt like to take the next step for him would be going to intensify things a little bit more for him."