Per the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Associated Press and other news outlets, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is recovering from surgery to “treat a core muscle injury” sustained during organized team activities.
Ramsey had surgery Thursday, the same day the Jaguars wrapped up a mandatory, three-day minicamp. Jacksonville offered no timetable on Ramsey’s return, making it unclear whether he will be ready for the start of training camp in late July.
Ramsey, the fifth pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, was the runner up for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award with the Jaguars. The former Florida State All-American is expected to make a full recovery in time for the team’s training camp to open the last week in July.
The Jaguars expect Ramsey and newly acquired AJ Bouye to be one of the better cornerback combinations in the NFL this season.
“To all my supporters and fans, I want you to know that I chose to undergo surgery to treat a minor injury that was very successful,” Ramsey said in a statement. “I want to and will be the best version of myself that I can be for the upcoming 2017 season. I will attack this rehab, refine my body and work as hard as I ever have to become the best defensive back in this league and to make everyone, including my family, teammates and city, proud of who I am.
led all NFL rookies with 14 passes defensed.
The Jaguars also announced that the team they had claimed first-year cornerback Taurean Nixon off waivers from Denver and released rookie cornerback Jeremy Cutrer.
Nixon, a seventh-round draft pick by Denver in 2015, spent his rookie season on the team’s practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster during the playoffs, but did not play in the Broncos’ Super Bowl win over the Carolina Panthers. Nixon appeared in two regular-season games last season and was a key player on the Broncos special teams unit under current special teams’ coordinator Joe DeCamillis.