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Kawann Short Reports for Start of Panthers’ Minicamp

Kawann Short's "holdout" is over. For now.

According to a league source, the Carolina Panthers' Pro Bowl defensive tackle rejoined his teammates Monday morning for the start of mandatory minicamp.

After participating in the offseason program, Short suddenly stopped showing, missing the final two weeks of OTAs. Because those practices were voluntary, his absence wasn't technically a holdout, but it was Short's way of showing he wasn't happy about his contract status.

The 27-year-old is heading into the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, which will pay him just over $1 million in 2016. His side is likely angling for a long-term deal that averages around $15 million per season. A proposal the Panthers sent two weeks ago was well short of that number, a source said.

Short and the rest of the Panthers are undergoing physicals and other medical tests Monday. They'll be on the field Tuesday for the first of three practices.

If Short hadn't shown this week, he would have been subject to a $76,580 fine.

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