ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters will be fined by the Buffalo Bills for missing the start of the team's three-day mandatory minicamp Wednesday, and teammates said his absence might be due to a contract dispute.
``It's a decision he's made and he'll be fined,'' coach Dick Jauron said.
Jauron declined to say whether he or anyone in the Bills' front office had spoken with Peters, who also was the only Bills player to miss all 13 of the team's voluntary sessions over the past month.
Peters' agent, Vincent Taylor, declined to comment on his client's status during a brief interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. Taylor was not immediately available Wednesday.
Peters and the Bills have not commented on the reason he has been absent, but several teammates said Peters is unhappy with his contract.
He has three years left on his current deal and is scheduled to make a base salary of $3.25 million this season, which is considered low for someone playing such a prominent position. His deal ranks third among Bills offensive linemen, behind left guard Derrick Dockery and right tackle Langston Walker, both acquired in free agency last year.
Referring to Peters' contract, Walker said: ``I wish he was here, but he has to do what he has to do. I can't say whether or not what he's doing is right or wrong, that's not for me to decide. We're here. Dockery and myself, and the rest of the offensive line, we're working.''
First-year offensive coordinator Turk Schonert is so concerned that he'll consider moving Walker to the left side if Peters fails to show up for the start of training camp next month.
``We've got to be prepared like he's not going to be here, and that's the way we're going to operate in training camp,'' Schonert said. ``Hopefully, we'll see him soon, sooner rather than later, but we've got to plan like he's not here, because he's not.''

Recent NFL Discussions

2017 Heisman Odds on Wed, Mar 2017 by Blade
College / NBA today on Sun, Mar 2017 by TtomBoBadly
SNOW on Tue, Mar 2017 by Michael Cash
EARLY COLL PLAYS FOR WED. on Wed, Mar 2017 by Timmy1961

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail DeSean Jackson Bucs Prop Odds How many touchdowns will DeSean Jackson post with his new team in 2017? Here's a look at the odds.
Thumbnail Brandin Cooks Patriots Prop Odds How many total receiving yards will new Patriot Brandin Cooks have in 2017?
Thumbnail Alshon Jeffery TD Prop Odds How many touchdown passes and receiving yards will Alshon Jeffery rack up in 2017? Oddsmakers have released projections for the newest Eagle.
Thumbnail Brandon Marshall 2017 Prop Odds How many touchdowns and receiving yards will new Giant Brandon Marshall compile in 2017? Here's a look at the odds.
Thumbnail Pats land Cooks, remain SB favorites The Patriots remain favored to win Super Bowl LII following their blockbuster trade with the Saints for receiver Brandin Cooks.

NFL Team Pages