Two-time Pro Bowl CB Jalen Ramsey misses Jaguars practice due to back injury

Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey missed practice Wednesday because of an apparent back injury that coach Doug Marrone said he knew nothing about until earlier in the day.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars don’t appear to know what’s going on with their best player.

Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey missed practice Wednesday because of an apparent back injury that coach Doug Marrone said he knew nothing about until earlier in the day. Marrone chuckled through a series of questions about his star defender and said “his back got tight.”

“It’s normal. His back has gotten tight before,” Marrone said. “My back’s tight, a couple guys’ backs are tight. A couple guys have hamstrings. Everyone gets the stuff.”

But Ramsey’s agent, David Mulugheta, told NFL Network that Ramsey reported back and ankle issues during last Thursday’s game against Tennessee. Mulugheta said Ramsey also met with team trainers Friday to discuss his injuries.

The team responded by trying to clarify the mix-up, saying Ramsey reported back soreness to the team’s medical staff during the fourth quarter of the 20-7 victory over the Titans. But that information somehow didn’t get relayed to Marrone.

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The confusion is the latest chapter in Ramsey’s ongoing trade saga.

Ramsey also missed practice Monday because of an apparent illness , fueling speculation that he was making up reasons to skip practice. That came a little more than a week after the disgruntled defender called his agent and said “my time is up here in Jacksonville.”

The next day, Ramsey told a podcast featuring several NFL players that his trade request stemmed from “some disrespectful things said on their end” in a meeting after Jacksonville lost at Houston on Sept. 15 — a game that included Ramsey and Marrone screaming at each other on the sideline. Several players have since confirmed that personnel chief Tom Coughlin ripped Ramsey outside the visiting locker room after the game.

Ramsey confirmed his discontentment with the front office last week, but insisted he would play hard as long as he’s still on the team .

The Jaguars would prefer to keep Ramsey, believing it’s unlikely for them to get equal value for one of the league’s top cornerbacks. But they also have no idea how he will react moving forward. The NFL trade deadline is Oct. 29.

Jacksonville (1-2) plays at Denver (0-3) on Sunday.

Ramsey hasn’t missed a game or a start in his four-year career.

“I don’t like to talk for players, but one thing I don’t have a problem saying about Jalen is that he loves football, loves football,” Marrone said. “If he has the ability to play, I’d be of the understanding that he will play. The guy loves football and he loves his teammates.”