As expected, wide receiver Mike Wallace is absent from the start of training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers as he is yet to sign the lucrative new contract that he covets.

Negotiations have been severed, and Pittsburgh's front office does not intend to resume talks until Wallace reports to camp.

Talks were previously gaining momemtum, but Wallace's absence threw a wrench into the gears of the process.

Now with Wallace not under contract as a restricted free agent Pittsburgh will not have the power to fine him.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said, "Obviously, we have a desire for him to be here. We want him to be part of this thing, both short term and long term. We've been in negotiations with him. He's not here today. That's unfortunate for him."

Wallace has been missing from all offseason activities thus far and refuses to ink his tender offer of $2.7M.

The Steelers can use their franchise tag on him in 2013, but only if he plays out this season.

And prior to Wallace's holdout team president Art Rooney II noted that Pittsburgh had plan to sign the speed demon to a multi-year deal, and GM Kevin Colbert was on the same page. 

Stay tuned to Football Nation for further developments in Wallace's holdout.