Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey was questionable headed into Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, missing practice all week with a knee injury. When the Jaguars brought up a cornerback from their practice squad on Saturday and it seemed inevitable that Ramsey wasn’t going to go. He warmed up Sunday morning and told head coach Doug Marrone he was ready to play and boy was he.
Ramsey was thrown at 14 times on Sunday, but he allowed just five receptions for 58 yards and most of those were contested catches or a spectacular catch by the receiver with good coverage. Ramsey nearly picked off Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and made many other fantastic plays all while clearly gutting out an injury.
“Yeah, once I put my mind to something, I do everything in my power to get it done out there. I just thank God,” Ramsey said about playing through the injury. “It was hurting throughout the game.”
The biggest play of the game Ramsey played however was a tackle at the end of the game. Luck hit tight end Andrew Swoope on a four yard pass and as Swoope made his way to the sideline Ramsey came flying down the field and took out his legs, upping him in the air to make the stop. Surprisingly, the ref ruled forward progress stopped and rolled the clock, ending the game.
“That’s what the refs called,” Ramsey said. “I knew that I did chop his outside leg to keep him inbounds as best as I could and then I just got up and saw him whining, so I was happy.”
The defense as a whole had an impressive day on Sunday, but considering what Ramsey was working through he was by far the most impressive player on the field.