Panthers DT Kawann Short: I won't holdout this season

Great attention and care is given to a flat screen TV being delivered to a Carolina Panthers dorm room at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Jeff Siner /The Charlotte Observer via AP)
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short says he won't stage a contract holdout this season while awaiting a new deal from the Carolina Panthers.

Short reported to training camp on time Wednesday and says he'll play this season under his current deal if he doesn't receive a contract extension. The defending NFC champions begin practice Thursday night at Wofford College.

Short says ''It's not about the contract, it's about helping this team. I love the Carolina Panthers. Hopefully things will get done.''

Short is due to cost $1.47 million under this year's salary cap. He significantly outperformed that deal last season when he finished with 11 sacks and three forced fumbles and became the first defensive tackle to win NFC Defensive Player of the Month twice in a season.

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