The Jacksonville Jaguars have suspended cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler for one week following fights during training camp practice on Sunday and post-practice confrontations — both on the field and off — with Florida Times-Union reporter Phillip Heilman.
#Jaguars All-Pro CB Jalen Ramsey was suspended by the team for a week, sources say, after going after local media for what he believes is unfair treatment of his teammates especially Dante Fowler. He authored several tweets in support of his teammates & disdain for local media.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 12, 2018
The #Jaguars have suspended CB Jalen Ramsey and DE Dante Fowler for violating team rules.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) August 12, 2018
The initial fight began earlier in practice when tight end James O’Shaughnessy caught a pass from quarterback Blake Bortles and Fowler reportedly shoved him when he was out of bounds. Several players rushed in until it became a practice-stopping altercation, according to Heilman.
On the way back to the locker room, Ngakoue rushed towards Fowler. Teammates, including Calais Campbell, tried to stop Ngakoue but they were unsuccessful and some shouting ensued. Abry Jones was able to separate the players before it became physical.
Jalen Ramsey then sees Heilman recording to video and yells, “Hey, man, y’all stop recording that shit, man!” as the video abruptly ends.
After 11 consecutive padded practices, tempers flared during a #Jaguars team period Sunday and continued afterward when Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue repeatedly had to be separated by teammates. https://t.co/8DtCN9kLBV pic.twitter.com/D9V6GhDC8h— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) August 12, 2018
Ramsey then tweeted at Heilman, telling him he “messed up” by tweeting out the video and then went on to defend his teammates.
I’m always gone take up for my teammates kus I know what type of men and players they are forreal! Love my dawgs! If you don’t like it, oh well. God bless— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) August 12, 2018
Ramsey and Fowler will be absent from joint practices and the Saturday afternoon matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.
It’s a shame Ramsey has to miss a meaningless preseason game and a meaningless set of joint practices and that are fewer chances for him to get injured and miss the actual important games that count. A real shame indeed.