Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones is still holding out, according to multiple reports Sunday. The 29-year-old was not seen and is not expected at practice, which is considered a weekday practice before the Chiefs’ regular season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers. Detroit Lions scheduled for Thursday.
Jones is entering the final year of a four-year, $80 million contract. All offseason, he’s been jockeying for a long-term deal, reportedly around $30 million per year.
The 53-man roster deadline passed Tuesday and Jones was placed on the Reserve/Do Not Report list.
The star defensive lineman has racked up millions in fines for missing training camp and all three preseason games. He could lose about $1.1 million for every regular-season game he misses. But he has publicly said that is willing to hold out until week 8, and his absence before Week 1 seems to support that claim.
MVP quarterback patrick mahomes spoke to reporters about the situation before practice Sunday. “At this point, you’re setting yourself up to win the game with the guys in the building,” she said, according to The Athletic’s. Nate Taylor.
Head coach Andy Reid expressed a similar sentiment:
“You’re never sure how it’s going to turn out. You deal with too many people on this kind of thing,” she said, via The Associated Press. “These things can go either way. I don’t want to spend too much time on it,” Reid added. “We had 90 guys in the offseason that I made sure were going in the right direction, and now we’re getting ready to play a game. That’s how I do it.”
In Jones’ absence, the Chiefs are hoping for some potential returns. Reid told reporters that he is optimistic about the wide receiver. Kadarius Toney and the availability of cornerback L’Jarius Sneed for Game 1. Toney underwent surgery to treat a torn meniscus that kept him sidelined for most of training camp. Sneed has been sidelined for more than a month due to knee inflammation.