JACKSONVILLE – The waiting and seeing will last until Sunday.
Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey has missed the last two games with a back injury following an early-season trade request and has been listed as questionable for the Jaguars’ game against New Orleans Sunday.
Head Coach Doug Marrone announced the cornerback’s status Friday afternoon.
“We’re taking it step by step,” Marrone said Friday as the Jaguars (2-3) prepared to play the Saints (4-1) at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville Sunday at 1 p.m.
Marrone also was asked Friday if he expected Ramsey to play at some point this season.
“That’s our goal,” Marrone said. “Absolutely.”
Ramsey, who requested a trade following a Week 2 loss at Houston, played the following week’s victory over Tennessee before missing the last two games with the back issue. He missed practice two weeks after that before practicing limited Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.
“He’s been able to progress a little bit,” Marrone said. “He’s out there working hard, trying to get more and more done each day. Today, we got a little more done than yesterday.”
Ramsey this past Monday met with a specialist in Houston, Texas, a meeting Marrone said this week confirmed what team doctors had told team officials.
“I’m not going to disclose medical information, but he has an issue with his back,” Marrone said. “So, there is something there.”
Marrone was asked if the team would work Ramsey out Sunday before deciding on his status.
“He’ll get treatment again today,” Marrone said. “He’s up to date with his plan, so tomorrow he’ll come in. We’ll try to do some work again tomorrow and just keep working and keep doing the best job we can. He’s doing a good job, working hard with the plan and doing whatever we’re asking him to do.
“We’re trying to get it to where he can get out there and play.”
The Jaguars on Friday also announced defensive end Lerentee McCray as questionable for Sunday with an oblique injury and rookie tight end Josh Oliver as out with a hamstring injury. Oliver has been out since before the preseason opener with a hamstring injury sustained early in training camp.
Oliver has practiced limited the last three weeks.
“What happened a couple of weeks ago is he was progressing and then obviously we hit a snag,” Marrone said. “We had to stop that, then go back a couple of steps and work our way back up again. We’re ahead of where we were the last time. We’ve gotten through this week.
“We’re looking forward to seeing where he’s at – and hopefully next week being able to complete a practice.”
All other players listed on the injury report this week were listed as full participation Friday and are expected to play Sunday.