JACKSONVILLE – He can only control what he can control.
That's how Doug Marrone says he tries to approach all issues, and it's how the Jaguars' head coach on Monday said he will approach the latest development involving cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
Ramsey, who last week requested a trade before starting and playing against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, reportedly called the Jaguars Sunday to inform them he believes he has the flu. That's according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Ramsey did not practice with the Jaguars Monday.
"If you're sick, you're sick; what are you going to do?" Marrone said before practice.
Marrone, who spoke Monday morning as the team began preparing to play the Denver Broncos in Denver Sunday, covered multiple issues during a 10-minute availability. He also discussed the Jaguars' running game and the health of players such as tight end Josh Oliver, all of which we'll cover in this Monday update.
While Ramsey is the current hot-button Jaguars issue, Marrone said him calling in sick is no different than many other players who have done so.
"It's happened a bunch," Marrone said. "They're sick and they'll call in. Depending on the type of sickness, they'll stay away because obviously you don't want to get anyone else sick. They'll go see [team physician Michael] Yorio; Doctor Yorio will get back to us and tell us what's going on, and we'll take it from there. It has happened quite a bit."
Marrone said Ramsey was scheduled to see Yorio Monday morning.
"To me, it's nothing that big, but I understand it's probably a big story because of the other things surrounding it," Marrone said.
Ramsey last week during his weekly media availability said he didn't want to be a distraction, that he was focused only on winning. He reportedly still is seeking a trade, while reports over the weekend were that Owner Shad Khan doesn't want Ramsey traded and is trying to resolve the issue.
Marrone on Monday was asked about the "apparent limbo" the team is in with regards to Ramsey.
"We all have responsibilities," Marrone said. "We all have a job. That's how I look at it. Other people may not. I control the things I can control. I don't get crazy with the things on the outside."
Also on Monday:
*Marrone said rookie tight end Josh Oliver, who missed all four preseason games and the first three regular-season games with a hamstring injury sustained early in training camp, is expected to practice Monday. "We're just trying to get him back," Marrone said. "It's just a matter of the strength and how much full speed he can do to see if he'll be able to play or not." Marrone said Oliver likely will work individual drills Monday. …
*Marrone, as he did Friday following a 20-7 victory over Tennessee Thursday, said the team must run-block better for running back Leonard Fournette. The third-year veteran had minus-3 yards on 14 carries against Tennessee before a 69-yard run in the fourth quarter. "We've been in there as an offense with the offensive line, the tight ends, the running backs and really went over the things in this running game," Marrone said. "The things we've asked Leonard to do … he has worked on what he has had to do. We just all collectively have to do a better job. I'd be the first one to say, 'Hey, listen … Leonard's got to do a better job in this,' but we're not giving him a chance. He's doing everything he can.'' …
*Marrone said linebacker Myles Jack remains in the concussion protocol after sustaining the injury Thursday. Marrone added that Jack has passed all related tests to this point. …