Jags’ Ramsey, Fowler mum after suspension

By Mark Long

The Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler are back from suspension, but neither is talking about what got them banned for a week or how they spent their time away.

They were not available during an open locker room session Monday. The team said both players will answer questions following Jacksonville’s preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.

“They’re back and we’re ready to go,” coach Doug Marrone said.

Marrone declined to say whether he met with the two suspended players Monday morning.

“I meet with a lot of players. I really do,” Marrone said. “I meet with players all the time. This is the same thing. I meet with them. I talk to them. It’s the same way. I’m going to keep those conversations private and keep moving along.”

Marrone suspended Ramsey and Fowler for violating team rules and conduct unbecoming a Jaguars football player. Neither traveled to Minnesota for two days of joint practices with the Vikings and a preseason game.

Fowler was involved in several fights on Aug. 12, including one after practice with fellow defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in which they had to be separated repeatedly. No punches were thrown.

Ramsey was one of several teammates in the middle of it. He shouted profanities at media members who captured the altercation on video and later took to Twitter to threaten reporters with “war” for releasing the video.

Fowler and Ramsey rejoined teammates in meetings and practice Monday.

“You just got back to business as usual like they never left because they never did leave,” defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. “They’re going to be put right back in. No need to make a bigger deal out of than we need.”

Ramsey made headlines again three days later in an interview with GQ magazine by saying calling Buffalo Bills rookie Josh Allen “trash” and saying Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was “overrated.”

Baltimore’s Joe Flacco, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck and Eli Manning of the New York Giants also got sub-par reviews. Ramsey called Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger “decent at best.”

“If you can back it up, you can say whatever you want as long as it’s respectful and coach Marrone doesn’t care,” Jackson said. “At the end of the day, he’s a top-rated player so if you want to go out there and talk about somebody or talk to somebody, talk about every quarterback in the league, then go ahead. But I think that he has the skills to back it up so I don’t care.”

Ramsey has been ejected from two games in two seasons and has a penchant for getting under the skin of receivers like Steve Smith and A.J. Green, leading some to call him the NFL’s newest villain.

“Why not?” Jackson said. “There’s a lot of nice guys in this league, a lot of guys that (do) the right thing. Not saying (Ramsey) doesn’t do the right thing, but you’ve got to push people’s buttons to get in their head and be outspoken about it.

“A lot of guys don’t want to be outspoken about it because they don’t know if they can back it up. He knows he can back it up so let him do it.”

Redskins sign AP

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins have signed four-time All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson.

The team announced the deal Monday after meeting with Peterson. Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa also visited the Redskins the past two days after several injuries at the position, with the team opting to sign Peterson and De’Veon Smith.

Peterson, 33, joins his fourth team as he enters what would be his 12th NFL season. The 2012 MVP is 12th all-time in rushing with 12,276 yards and needs 37 to pass Jim Brown.

The former Minnesota Vikings star split last season between Arizona and New Orleans, playing six games for the Cardinals and four for the Saints and finishing with 529 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Peterson is not guaranteed the starting job with Washington and will likely share responsibilities with Rob Kelley and third-down back Chris Thompson.

Washington also waived offensive tackle Cameron Jefferson with an injury designation.

Rams extend Havenstein

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams right tackle Rob Havenstein on Monday agreed to terms of a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season.

Havenstein has started 43 games over the past three seasons since being drafted in the second round in 2015.

He made 15 regular-season starts last year as the Rams led the league in scoring at 29.9 points per game and won the NFC West for the first time since 2003 under first-year head coach Sean McVay. Terms of Havenstein’s extension were not immediately known.

Havenstein is the third member of the Rams offense to sign an extension this offseason.

Oft-injured Watson on IR

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Menelik Watson’s time in Denver is over because he’s hurt and buried on the depth chart.

The Broncos placed Watson on IR Monday with a chest injury and intend to release him once he’s healthy. That means the Broncos will take a $6.83 million salary cap hit this year.

Coach Vance Joseph said Billy Turner, Elijah Wilkinson and Max Garcia have all had good training camps while Watson’s been in the trainer’s room.

“It’s hard to make a football team injured and you’ve got three or four guys behind you playing good football,” Joseph said. “So, it wasn’t about fit. It was more about Billy and Eli playing good football. And Max Garcia. Max is having a hell of a camp. He’s playing more like a starter. So, it’s more about those guys than it was Menelik not being a fit.”

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