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Jaguars 2018 Training Camp: Marrone addresses suspensions

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone speaks to the media during a post-game press conference an NFL preseason football game against the New Orleans Saints, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. Final score 24-20. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

JACKSONVILLE – Jalen Ramsey and Dante Fowler Jr. aren't going to Minnesota.

Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone confirmed as much Tuesday but opted to say little else about the suspensions of the two former first-round draft selections.

"I've spoken to both players, and obviously those conversations are private," Marrone said shortly before the Jaguars practice Tuesday morning at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex on Day 14 of 2018 Training Camp. "That's really all I'm really going to say about it."

The Jaguars announced on Sunday that Ramsey and Fowler had been suspended for "violating team rules and conduct unbecoming of a Jaguars football player." Reports at the time were that the suspension would be for one week, and Marrone confirmed the time frame Tuesday.

"Those decisions are internal, and they're team violations," Marrone said. "They're private. … I'm not going to go through my thought process of what goes into it (the suspensions).

"I spoke to the players and they'll be back on Monday."

The Jaguars travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tuesday afternoon and will practice against the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday and Thursday before playing the Vikings in a preseason game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis Saturday at 1 p.m. Players are scheduled to be off Sunday.

Marrone said Fowler and Ramsey will return to the team Monday.

Fowler on Sunday was involved in a post-practice skirmish that also involved defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, a scuffle that was posted on video on social media. Ramsey could be seen in the video animatedly admonishing the media videoing the event.

Marrone, addressing the suspensions during in his regularly-scheduled media availability Tuesday, was asked if he worried that Fowler and Ngakoue would have troubles "coexisting."

"I don't expect that with any of our players," Marrone said.

Fowler, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, had returned to practice the previous day after spending the first two-and-a-half weeks of '18 camp on the physically unable to perform list. He is scheduled to miss the '18 regular-season opener against the New York Giants while serving a one-game suspension under the NFL's personal conduct policy. He registered eight sacks last season and two more in the postseason.

Ramsey, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, was an Associated Press first-team All-Pro selection last season and is widely acknowledged as one of the best players in the league at his position.

Marrone was asked if such an incident was normal within the context of training camp.

"In my experience, I've seen a lot," Marrone said. "Things happen, and they'll take care of it. It's a better question for the players."

Also on Tuesday:

*Marrone said he expected all players except nose tackle Eli Ankou (knee), defensive end Dawuane Smoot (ankle) and left guard Andrew Norwell (calf) to participate in the joint practices in Minnesota.

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