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NFL NOTEBOOK: Coughlin Backs Ramsey in Skirmish with Green

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) takes down Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey

Jaguars’s executive vice president Tom Coughlin came out with a statement today on the altercation between Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey and Cincinnati’s A.J. Green during Sunday’s game at EverBank Field.

“I want to voice my support for Jalen Ramsey following the incident in our game on Sunday. Our players are instructed to not retaliate or get involved or do anything that would result in eviction because that would hurt the team. Team comes first, and Jalen was trying to not hurt his team. While he did push his opponent – something that happened with other players during the game – he did not retaliate, he threw no punches, and he did not fight back. Jalen was doing what Coach Marrone has instructed him to do – which is to play tough, be physical and to make every play difficult for his opponent. There was banter going back and forth during the game, but Jalen was playing football within the rules.”

Ramsey shoved Green after the whistle blew on a run by Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon. Green then grabbed Ramsey by the neck from behind him and slammed him to the ground. Green delivered several punches until a group of players jumped into the fray.

Referee Brad Allen said after the game that Ramsey was ejected for being the “instigator” of the tussle. A league spokesman told NFL Media that neither Ramsey nor Green will be suspended for the on-field fight, but the NFL is reviewing the incident for possible fines.

The Jaguars won 23-7.

BUCS: Mike Evans has been suspended without pay for one game for violations of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints……Tampa Bay announced today that the team has activated quarterback Ryan Griffin from Injured Reserve and waived cornerback Deji Olatoye. Griffin has been with the Buccaneers since 2015. The Tulane product spent the 2015 & 2016 seasons on the team’s active roster, but did not appear in any games. After being placed on Injured Reserve on Sept. 4, Griffin began his 21-day practice eligibility window on Oct. 18. He is the first player that the Buccaneers have Designated for Return from Injured Reserve this season. The Westlake Village, California native wears No. 4 for Tampa Bay.

TNF: Week 10 begins on Thursday night with a battle of NFC West rivals as the Arizona Cardinals welcome the Seattle Seahawks to University of Phoenix Stadium. The Seahawks and Cardinals will meet for the 37th time, with the Cardinals holding a 18-17-1 series advantage.

Arizona wide receiver J.J. Nelson had 132 receiving yards, including an 80-yard touchdown catch, and kicker Chandler Catanzaro converted the game-winning 43-yard field goal with no time remaining in the Cardinals’ 34-31 victory in their last meeting.

Seattle looks to rebound following a 17-14 loss to Washington.  The Cardinals enter the game following a 20-10 victory at San Francisco.



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