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The Jacksonville Jaguars are giving a star defender and another key contributor a warning to cool down.
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler have been suspended by the team for violating rules and conduct unbecoming of a player, the Jaguars announced in a release. The team did not disclose how long the suspensions would stand.
On Sunday, a Florida Times-Union reporter tweeted out a video of a confrontation at practice between Fowler and fellow defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. At the end of the video, Ramsey instructed the reporter to stop recording.
Ramsey later sent out a tweet lashing out at the reporter as well as other media members.
Ramsey, 23, has been an outspoken presence for the Jaguars throughout his first two seasons with the team. After helping Jacksonville defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC divisional round, he guaranteed his team would not only advance to the Super Bowl but also win.
Ramsey was an all-pro selection in 2017 after he intercepted four passes and was one of the critical figures on the Jaguars’ top-ranked pass defense.
Fowler, 24, was activated from the physically unable to perform list on Saturday and is entering a crucial season. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft is in the final year of his rookie contract after the team declined to pick up his fifth-year option.
He already has been suspended for the first game of the regular season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
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