St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, entering the final year of his contract, was a no-show for the opening team meeting of training camp on Friday. Coach Scott Linehan said Thursday after the team arrived at its new training site in suburban Milwaukee that Jackson had told him he would not be on the team charter flight.

The coach apparently was unaware that Jackson didn't make his own arrangements, either.

Linehan also said Thursday that getting a contract extension for Jackson was a "priority." The team has been in contact with Jackson's agent.

"I know within the last couple days there has been dialogue," Linehan said Thursday. "Our hope is that will be done pretty soon."