Jalen Ramsey tells Jaguars he's sick, won't be practicing Monday

Jalen Ramsey started and played 100 percent of the defensive snaps for the Jacksonville Jaguars last Thursday night in their 20-7 win over the Tennessee Titans, racking up nine total tackles and a forced fumble.

Ramsey played at his usual high level, but remains steadfast in his desire to be traded by Jacksonville, and he may or may not be using a new tactic to try to force the team’s hand.

Calling in sick

Via ESPN and NFL Network, Ramsey called the Jaguars on Sunday night to tell them that he’s sick and won’t be practicing on Monday; the 24-year-old believes he has the flu.

Citing sources, ESPN added that Ramsey may not practice this week at all.

It certainly is entirely possible that Ramsey is sick, and staying away from the Jaguars’ facility is best for him and the health of the rest of the roster. The Pro Bowler has been pretty open about everything to this point, acknowledging to reporters last Tuesday that he does want to be traded, but it wasn’t he or his agent that leaked his trade request to media.

Jaguars don’t want to trade Ramsey

While he has been transparent to this point, Ramsey could also be calling in sick as a ploy.

The Jaguars reportedly have no interest in trading Ramsey, and owner Shad Khan is willing to make him the highest-paid cornerback in the league as soon as he’s able.

But Ramsey’s issue is believed to be with the front office, specifically Jaguars football czar Tom Coughlin, and not with Khan or even coach Doug Marrone, whom he had a public sideline spat with during the team’s Week 2 game against the Houston Texans.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 09: Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) on the bench during the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 9, 2018 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Jalen Ramsey #13 of the Florida State Seminoles plays against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game on September 2, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 30: Jalen Ramsey #8 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates against the Louisville Cardinals during the game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 30, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. Florida State defeated Louisville 42-31. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - September 20: Defensiveback Jalen Ramsey #8 of the Florida State Seminoles during the game against the Clemson Tigers at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on September 20, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 31: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey #8 of the Florida State Seminoles prior to their game against the Syracuse Orange on October 31, 2015 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FL. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: (L-R) Jalen Ramsey of the Florida State Seminoles holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #5 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguarsduring the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - APRIL 29: Cornerback Jalen Ramsey of the Jacksonville Jaguars speaking to the media for the first time at EverBank Field on April 29, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars selected Ramsey fifth overall out of Florida State University in the 2016 NFL Draft. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 20: Cornerback Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars being introduced in the starting line-up before the start of a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at EverBank Field on August 20, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bucs defeated the Jags 27 to 21. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates a missed field goal during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at EverBank Field on September 25, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 01: Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) warms up before the NFL game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts on January 1, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 15: Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) looks on from the bench during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 15, 2017 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 15: Quarterback Blake Bortles #5, Cornerback Jalen Ramsey #20 and Safety Tashaun Gipson #39 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the National Anthem before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at EverBank Field on October 15, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Rams defeated the Jaguars 27 to 17. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 05: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals and Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars discuss a play in the first half of their game at EverBank Field on November 5, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 05: Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) pumps up the crowd during the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 5, 2017 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 19, 2017: Wide receiver Corey Coleman #19 of the Cleveland Browns catches a pass as he is tackled by cornerback Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second quarter of a game on November 19, 2017 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Jacksonville won 19-7. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 26: Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) runs onto the field before the NFL football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Arizona Cardinals on November 26, 2017 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 17: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates a play during the second half of their game against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field on December 17, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 10: A general view of the back of Cornerback Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrating a broken up play during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at EverBank Field on December 10, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Seahawks 30 to 24. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 07: Cornerback Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates following the Jaguars 10-3 win over the Buffalo Bills during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at EverBank Field on January 7, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 07: Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) watches a replay of his game-saving interception during the AFC Wild Card game between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 7, 2018 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - JULY 31: Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) stretches during the Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp on July 31, 2018 at Finders Homes Practice Complex at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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