JACKSONVILLE – Jalen Ramsey will play.
Head Coach Doug Marrone said that’s the plan for the Jaguars’ game against the Tennessee Titans Thursday, with the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback expected to start as usual.
“Sure – yes,” Marrone said when asked if Ramsey will play when the Jaguars and Titans play in an AFC South game at TIAA Bank Field Thursday at 8:20 p.m.
Marrone, speaking after the team’s Wednesday practice, also said Cam Robinson will start at left tackle after missing the first two games of the season with a knee injury. A.J. Cann, the starter at right guard the past two games, will remain the starter. Cann had competed during the preseason at right guard with Will Richardson, who started the first two games at left tackle.
Swing tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, who missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury, also is expected to play. Marrone said there’s a strong possibility both Ogbuehi and Richardson could play Thursday despite not starting.
“AJ would be the right guard, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Cedric and Will both play in the game,” Marrone said.
The Jaguars on Thursday ruled out tight end Josh Oliver and linebacker D.J. Alexander with hamstring injuries. Cornerback A.J. Bouye (hip) and cornerback Josh Robinson (foot) were listed as questionable.
Ramsey, who has started in his first 51 games with the Jaguars, reportedly requested a trade following the Jaguars’ loss to Houston this past Sunday. Reports are also that the Jaguars have had discussions with teams about the possibility.
Ramsey on Tuesday said he was preparing as if he would play Thursday and that he wanted to play. He said at the time he and Marrone had not spoken since the Texans game, during which the two had words on the sideline after Ramsey became upset when Marrone did not challenge a reception by Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins that Ramsey felt was incomplete.
Marrone on Wednesday said he and Ramsey since have spoken.
“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. My job is to be able to do the best job for the team.
“That’s behind us right now.”
Marrone reiterated that his perspective is he and Ramsey have a good relationship.
“From my standpoint, absolutely,” Marrone said. “I’ve always felt we’ve been able to talk. We’ve been able to sit down. We have in the past for multiple things that have come – from when he’s been here, from when he has been at home in Tennessee.”