Ndamukong Suh is a no show at Detroit Lions minicamp.

Suh, who's in the midst of negotiating a new contract that will make him one of the highest-paid defensive players in NFL history, did not take part in the Lions' first voluntary practice of the week today.

The Pro Bowl defensive tackle was a no-show during the first two weeks of voluntary workouts and has come under fire publicly for his decision to stay away from his teammates and new coach Jim Caldwell during the early stages of the off-season program.

Caldwell offered a half-hearted defense of Suh's decision to work out on his own last week, reminding fans at a season ticket holder town hall meeting that the workouts are voluntary.

“From a coaching standpoint, obviously we do this for a living and we'd like to have him every minute of every day, every single player as often as we possibly can just to get our system in place and all those kind of things,” Caldwell said. “But here's the thing. He's a very, very thoughtful individual, who's kind of got his life planned out. We talked - as a matter of fact I probably talked to him more than any other player from the time that I got the job until (the start of the off-season program), so you have a real good sense of what his plan was going to be. But nevertheless I think you're still going to see (him) have a very, very positive impact on our team.”

Suh is coming off one of the best seasons of his four-year career even though his sacks dropped to 5.5 from eight in 2012 and a career-high 10 in his rookie season of 2010.