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Kicking off Week 5: Ramsey "day to day"

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

JACKSONVILLE – The waiting and seeing continues.

The Jaguars on Wednesday gathered at TIAA Bank Field to begin preparing for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, and cornerback Jalen Ramsey remained a topic.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection missed this past Sunday's victory over the Broncos with a back injury, and he was listed on Wednesday's pre-practice injury report as not expected to practice.

"Talking to Jalen today, basically it's going to be a day-to-day type thing," Marrone said as the Jaguars (2-2) prepared to play the Panthers (2-2) at Bank of America Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.

Ramsey, who requested a trade two weeks ago before starting and playing all of a victory over Tennessee, flew to Denver with the Jaguars this past Sunday but was ruled out shortly before kickoff. Sunday's game was the first time in 52 NFL games he has missed a start.

Ramsey's injury was just one front-line injury issue for the Jaguars Wednesday, with the other just as high-profile but more minor in nature.

Quarterback Gardner Minshew II, who has started the last three games in place of injured starter Nick Foles, was listed on the pre-practice injury report with a knee injury sustained against the Broncos. The issue is considered minor.

Minshew, who has led the Jaguars to victories over Tennessee and Denver the past two weeks, is expected to practice Wednesday on a limited basis.

"I think you always have to be careful, and I think that's probably the best way," Marrone said. "We just have to do a good job of being careful; he'll be limited today. Anytime someone shows up on the injury report, you have to be mindful of it.

"I don't think you can just come out here and say, 'Hey, everything's fine and everything's great.' I just think we have to be careful leading up to the game."

Marrone said backup Josh Dobbs will get some first-team repetitions in practice. The Jaguars acquired Dobbs in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 following Foles' injury.

Ramsey was one of three Jaguars players not expected to practice Wednesday, with defensive end Calais Campbell and center Brandon Linder receiving scheduled days off from practice. Other Jaguars players expected to practice limited: safety Ronnie Harrison (knee), linebacker D.J. Alexander (hamstring), defensive end Dawuane Smoot (oblique) and tight end Josh Oliver (hamstring).

Harrison and Smoot were new on the injury report since Sunday's game, with Alexander missing the last two weeks with the hamstring injury.

Oliver, a third-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, missed all four preseason games and the first four regular-season games after sustaining his injury early in training camp.

Marrone on Wednesday also discussed the Panthers, who – like the Jaguars – have won two consecutive games after an 0-2 start. Marrone called the Panthers' defense one of the best the Jaguars will play this season.

"They're outstanding," Marrone said. "They're probably the most disciplined defense I've seen. They do a great job. Their wave of defensive linemen is outstanding, the depth they have. Their linebackers are great players: they're instinctive, they tackle, they read and diagnose. Their secondary is playing very well. It's going to be a great challenge for us."

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