Published 7:05 p.m. ET Nov. 5, 2017
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A.J. Green and Jalen Ramsey began yapping on the opening sequence. It escalated from there and almost spiraled uncontrolled.
It ended with each being ejected in Jacksonville’s 23-7 victory towards Cincinnati on Sunday. The altercation certainly will end in league self-discipline, perhaps even a suspension for Green.
“As a player, as a man, and a father, that’s a reflection of me,” Green mentioned. “I should have walked off in that whole situation. I definitely learned from this experience. It’s never going to happen again. I regret my actions. Whatever the punishment, I accept it. I put myself in that situation.”
Green acknowledged that he let the trash-talking Ramsey get to him.
With the Bengals attempting to expire the clock late within the first half, Green jogged by his route and did not count on Ramsey to knock him down. Green jumped up, grabbed Ramsey across the neck and slammed him to the bottom. Green then delivered quite a few punches to Ramsey’s helmet — by no means the neatest concept — and put one other MMA-style choke maintain on the previous Florida State standout.
“That’s not football,” Green mentioned of the block. “I’m not going to tolerate disrespect like that. I know we can’t fight on the field. He got under my skin and I can’t let that happen. I’ve been the ultimate pro this long and I can’t let little things like that get to me. I shouldn’t have reacted that way, and I apologized to my teammates. That’s not who I am. It just got the best of me today.”
Players from each sidelines rushed the sector, pushing, pulling, shoving, screaming and looking out like they’d brawl.
Coaches and officers stepped in and prevented a melee.
Green and Ramsey had been ejected, a call that prompted loud objections from Jacksonville’s teaching sales space.
Referee Brad Allen mentioned officers warned Green and Ramsey earlier within the sport. Allen mentioned Ramsey was ejected for instigating the struggle, and Green was tossed for throwing punches.
“You don’t have to throw a punch to be disqualified,” Allen instructed a pool reporter.
Ramsey was not within the locker room after the sport.
“I just think Jalen got in A.J.’s head,” Jaguars cornerback Aaron Colvin mentioned. “Jalen put that dog on him, and he didn’t know how to respond to it.”
Added defensive deal with Malik Jackson: “Unprofessional. (Green) has to be better. I just watched it on my phone. Jalen didn’t do anything wrong, in my opinion. He’s out there being a football player, locking people down. Hopefully the Bengals get it together and don’t let that keep happening.”
Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis declined to supply a lot perception into what transpired, saying “Well, he was set off by something and we’ll keep that at what it was. … Something was, you know, was wrong.”
The Bengals mentioned it was the primary time Green had been ejected from a sport in his seven seasons.
Ramsey was ejected final 12 months for preventing with Oakland Raiders receiver Johnny Holton in a sport. He additionally drew the ire of former Carolina and Baltimore receiver Steve Smith final season for speaking smack throughout a sport.
“Jalen must be saying some stuff that nobody else is saying out here,” Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack mentioned. “I might need to take a page or two from his book.”
Jaguars veteran defensive finish Calais Campbell mentioned the struggle reminded him of the one between Houston receiver Andre Johnson and Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan in November 2010.
“Jalen is one of the most pbadionate players that we really feed off of,” Campbell mentioned. “He brings a lot of energy. It was fun to see him lock down one of the best receivers to play the game for a whole half. I can’t wait to get back on the field with him.”
Green’s actions might have been out of character for him, however removed from the primary for the Bengals.
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended for the primary three video games of the 2016 season for hitting Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown within the head. The hit drew a 15-yard penalty and arrange the Steelers’ profitable subject purpose within the remaining seconds of a playoff match.
Burfict additionally made headlines this week by saying, “I’m not sure Blake (Bortles) can beat us. We want to put it in his hands and have him beat us, if he can.”
Bortles threw for 259 yards and a landing, and did not have a turnover.
“I think Cincinnati has a bit of a reputation for the type of guys they are and I think you saw a little bit of that today,” Bortles mentioned. “I badumed Jalen getting thrown out was (incorrect). …
“I badumed we did a great job enjoying as onerous as we probably can between the whistles and beating the crap out of them.”
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