The Jaguars early Sunday evening suspended cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler for "violating team rules and conduct unbecoming of a Jaguars football player," hours after Fowler was involved in multiple skirmishes with teammate Yannick Ngakoue and Ramsey confronted local media members.
The team did not release the length of either suspension. NFL Network reported the length of Ramsey's suspension is one week. If that's the case, he would miss two joint practices this week against Minnesota and possibly the team's second preseason game Saturday.
Prior to the team announcing the suspensions, Ramsey tweeted, "I'm always gone [sic] 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."
Fowler, who was practicing for the second time in training camp after being removed from the physically unable to perform list Saturday, had to be separated from Ngakoue several times after Sunday's practice, including as they walked toward the tunnel that leads to the team's locker room.
Among the players who tried to control Fowler and Ngakoue were Calais Campbell, Abry Jones and Lerentee McCray.
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Ramsey's first interaction with the media Sunday occurred shortly after the original scuffle between Fowler and Ngakoue.
Ramsey was near the skirmish, which lasted about a minute. When he saw multiple reporters recording the incident with their phones, he approached and shouted, "Hey, man, y'all stop recording that s---, man" as well as other obscenities.
Shortly afterward, Ramsey requested through the Jaguars' public relations department to speak to the media about the incident. That lasted about 10 minutes, during which Ramsey expressed his displeasure about recent coverage, including what he perceived to be a negative tone regarding him missing multiple training camp practices because of the birth of his daughter.
Ramsey also stated that many players in the Jaguars' locker room do not like the media for similar reasons and threatened to encourage other players to ignore media members if video of the altercation between Ngakoue and Fowler was published.
When a video and story were published, Ramsey tweeted at a Times-Union reporter and said, "you know you done messed up right? Lol if y'all want war, we got sum for y'all. & I know the rest of y'all (you know who you are) gone read this too so just know #LameAssReporters."
Ramsey has sparred with the Jacksonville media since he was drafted in 2016. He has gone several stretches without granting interviews and during training camp his rookie year, he berated a Times-Union reporter in the Jaguars’ locker room for what he viewed as negative questions about his recent knee surgery.
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Fowler was previously suspended by the NFL for this year’s Sept. 9 opener at the New York Giants.
The discipline handed down by the Jaguars is the most significant since executive vice president Tom Coughlin was hired in January 2017 and Doug Marrone was promoted to head coach. And it also invites the question of whether Ramsey and Fowler had been chafing management and the coaching staff throughout camp and Sunday’s incidents were the final straws.
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