The question is whether missing football will cause Mack to soften his contract stand. Teams often count on a player's staunch summer stance wilting at the thought of missing games -- and the checks that come along with them. If Mack feels the fear of missing out or disappointing teammates, it could hasten a resolution. But don't count on it.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that a lot needs to happen to get Mack back in silver and black. Sides haven't negotiated in months.
With Week 1 almost upon us, Mack's holdout is set to disrupt games that matter. When that happens, plenty of fans will miss the former Defensive Player of the Year.