When the Minnesota Vikings and the Jacksonville Jaguars get together in Eagan this week for their joint practice session, a couple of key pieces of Jacksonville’s outstanding defense will not be along for the trip. As a result, things on the practice field might be a little bit quieter than they might have been otherwise.
According to our friends at Big Cat Country, the Jaguars have suspended cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler for a week.
The genesis of this whole thing appears to be a fight that happened at Jaguars practice on Sunday. Fowler apparently shoved tight end James O’Shaughnessy after he was out of bounds following a reception. After the initial fight, practice concluded and the players made their way off the field, during which Yannick Ngakoue went after Fowler as well.
All of this was being recorded by Phillip Heilman of the Florida Times-Union, which Ramsey took exception to, imploring Heilman to stop recording the fracas. Following practice, Ramsey also went after Heilman on social media.
@phillip_heilman you know you done messed up right? Lol if y’all want war, we got sum for y’all. & Iknow the rest of y’all (you know who you are) gone read this too so just know #LameAssReporters— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) August 12, 2018
After all of this, the team announced that both Fowler and Ramsey were going to be suspended for this week’s joint practices with the Vikings, as well as Saturday afternoon’s preseason contest at U.S. Bank Stadium between the two teams.
Ramsey was the fifth overall pick by the Jaguars in the 2016 NFL Draft, and he’s quickly become one of the premiere defensive backs in the NFL. It’s a shame that we won’t get to see him matching up with Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen this week, but that’s just how it goes, I guess.
Fowler was the third overall pick for the Jaguars in 2015, but missed all of his rookie season with a torn ACL.
Check out Big Cat Country for more about this story from the Jaguars perspective.