JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars govt vice chairman of soccer operations Tom Coughlin on Tuesday backed cornerback Jalen Ramsey after he was ejected throughout Sunday’s victory over Cincinnati for combating with Bengals receiver A.J. Green.
Coughlin mentioned that Ramsey acted correctly after Green grabbed him across the neck and threw him to the bottom.
A.J. Green and Jalen Ramsey is not going to be suspended for his or her battle on Sunday, however each the Bengals large receiver and Jaguars cornerback will face potential fines, the NFL introduced Monday.
“I want to voice my support for Jalen Ramsey following the incident in our game on Sunday,” Coughlin mentioned in a press release. “Our players are instructed to not retaliate or get involved or do anything that would result in eviction because that would hurt the team. Team comes first, and Jalen was trying to not hurt his team. While he did push his opponent — something that happened with other players during the game — he did not retaliate, he threw no punches, and he did not fight back. Jalen was doing what Coach [Doug] Marrone has instructed him to do — which is to play tough, be physical and to make every play difficult for his opponent. There was banter going back and forth during the game, but Jalen was playing football within the rules.”
Ramsey and Green had been trash-talking all through the primary half, and issues got here to a head after a working play with lower than 30 seconds to play. Green put his left arm on Ramsey’s proper shoulder after the play and Ramsey responded by shoving Green to the bottom.
Green jumped again up, grabbed Ramsey across the neck, and threw him to the bottom. Green punched Ramsey a number of occasions whereas they had been each on the bottom as gamers from each groups rushed to interrupt up the battle. Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack was the primary to succeed in the gamers and tried to tug Green off Ramsey. Almost each participant from each groups ended up on the sphere in a pushing and shoving match that lasted for a number of minutes as officers tried to get issues below management.
Wide receivers coach James Urban got here out to escort Green off the sphere and into the locker room. As the Bengals got here off the sphere, they had been nonetheless barking on the Jaguars sideline as boos rained down.
Multiple sources instructed ESPN that Ramsey was seen being restrained by Jaguars personnel and EverBank Field safety. He was noticed heading to the Bengals locker room space earlier than being restrained after which yelled profanities at Bengals gamers they usually walked to the sphere for the beginning of the second half.
The NFL on Monday didn’t droop Green however Green and Ramsey will possible be fined.
This is the second time that Ramsey has been ejected for combating in 24 profession video games. He additionally was ejected in final yr’s sport towards Oakland after he acquired right into a post-play scuffle with Raiders receiver Johnny Holton. Ramsey had coated Green solely all through the primary half and restricted him to at least one catch for six yards. Green had 38 catches for 572 yards and 4 touchdowns coming into the weekend.