Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey will play Thursday vs. Titans despite trade request

Torrey HartYahoo Sports Contributor

Forty-eight hours after his request to be traded became public, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is confirmed to play Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans, head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday.

On Sunday, Ramsey and Marrone got into a sideline spat in Houston, with Ramsey reportedly unhappy that Marrone didn’t challenge a catch by the Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins. Reports surfaced Monday that the two-time Pro Bowler Ramsey had requested a trade.

Marrone said Wednesday that there were no hard feelings over the sideline run-in, but declined comment on Ramsey’s trade request.

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"Jalen and I have always had a good, open relationship where we've always been able to talk," Marrone said. "We sat down yesterday and we talked about what's gone on as far as he and I. It's like anything else in this profession: It's behind us now. His focus is on playing and doing the best job for his teammates and my job is to do the best for the team."

Regarding the trade situation, he added:

"I stay out of that... I stay out of contracts, stay out of that stuff, and my focus is on the guys that are playing, and he's playing and he's on the team. I don't get involved in that."

Jalen Ramsey addressed his trade request Tuesday

Ramsey himself did not talk to the media after Sunday’s 13-12 loss. He did, however, address his trade request with media on Tuesday, shooting down rumors that he doesn’t care about Jacksonville or its fans.

All I care about is winning, man. I want to f——— win,” Ramsey said. “Excuse my language, but everybody know that. That’s who I am. That passion, that fire, that heart, that’s what y’all love, and I’m going to continue giving that as long as I’m here.”

Ramsey also lamented that neither he, nor his agent, were the ones responsible for leaking the request. He also said he didn’t want to be a distraction.

The 24-year-old is in the fourth year of his rookie contract and the Jaguars exercised a fifth-year option for 2020; he was the team’s 2016 first-round pick (No. 5 overall). He tallied four tackles against Houston and five in the season-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) on the field during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Chiefs defeated the Jaguars 40-26. (AP Photo/Perry Knotts)
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) on the field during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Chiefs defeated the Jaguars 40-26. (AP Photo/Perry Knotts)

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