Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Harvey Talks Are in No Rush; Holdout and Injuries to the Jags' Defensive Ends Are Taking a Toll

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Harvey Talks Are in No Rush; Holdout and Injuries to the Jags' Defensive Ends Are Taking a Toll

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

The two sides in the Derrick Harvey negotiations spoke for the first time in a week Saturday, but failed to break the stalemate.

After the Jaguars' 20-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in their preseason opener Saturday night, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said there were no developments in the talks.

Ken Kremer, Harvey's agent, said he spoke with Paul Vance, the vice president who negotiates the contracts for the Jaguars, for an hour Saturday without making any substantial progress. He said the Jaguars didn't make a new offer.

When the Jaguars resume practice today for their final two-a-day practice of training camp, Harvey's holdout will enter its 17th day, which is two days short of a team record.

Byron Leftwich, who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, held out for 19 days in 2003.

The sticking point in the Harvey talks remains unchanged. Kremer wants what he believes is a market deal for Harvey in the eighth slot. The Jaguars believe the players drafted in front of Harvey, Vernon Gholston of the New York Jets and Sedrick Ellis of the New Orleans Saints, shouldn't set the market for Harvey.

In Harvey's absence, the Jaguars have had to do some scrambling at defensive end because they've been hit by a rash of injuries.

James Wyche is out for the season with a torn Achilles, and Jeremy Mincey has missed all of camp and won't be ready to start the regular season because of a wrist injury. And starter Reggie Hayward missed Saturday night's game with what he said was a minor hamstring injury. Del Rio declined to say if Hayward will practice today.

Hayward's injury and Harvey's holdout gave Kenny Pettway his first chance to start for the Jaguars against the Falcons. Paul Spicer started at the other end.

"I was pretty excited," Pettway said. "Even though it's preseason and doesn't count, it's a big thing for me."

Pettway, who was originally drafted in the seventh round by Houston in 2005 and has played in 17 regular-season games with the Jaguars the last two years, had three tackles, including a sack of rookie Matt Ryan in the second quarter that forced a fumble. …

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