JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey says he has dealt with back issues throughout his career and that they were severe enough that he was unable to practice for weeks.
First of all, the Jaguars visited the Carolina Panthers Sunday, in the same early afternoon time slot as the Texans' game with the Atlanta Falcons, and Ramsey did not travel with the team. One source tells Schefter, the stance is so firm that the team wouldn't even move Ramsey "for five first-round picks". Thus the standoff continues. The Jaguars are reportedly holding strong in not fulfilling his request, so there has been some speculation about whether he could play through the back injury but is trying to send a message to the team.
But there also are other holdups to a deal aside from Jacksonville's stance.
Jacksonville Jaguars are having a tough time dealing with the whole Jalen Ramsey trade deal situation.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection said on a weekly podcast featuring National Football League players that his back has been "extremely tight". Ramsey is missing his second straight game in Week 5 because of the injury. Wednesday afternoon, coach Doug Marrone released a statement saying that Ramsey had been excused from practice for the birth of his second daughter, which caused him to miss practice Thursday and Friday leading into the Jags' game against the Denver Broncos. Additionally, Ramsey hasn't taken the field with his teammates since the Jags Week 3 win against the Tennessee Titans, as various issues have prevented him from practicing.