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Bad break for Jaguars as Foles will need surgery on clavicle

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The hype surrounding the free-agent acquisition of quarterback Nick Foles lasted exactly 10 minutes of play in the first quarter of the opener Sunday with K.C. at TIAA Bank Field. That’s when Foles completed his first touchdown pass as a Jaguar, but also took a big hit and suffered a broken left clavicle that will keep him out indefinitely.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter had the Sunday evening update on Foles and his surgery:

Forget about the Jaguars defense being riddled by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs as they were in a 40 – 26 loss. The biggest loss was the former Eagles Super Bowl hero not being able to return for the final three quarters, and now beyond.

Despite the solid and at times outstanding play of rookie Gardner Minshew, Jaguars fans have to be disconcerted by not having Foles available for at least six weeks or more.

For the record Minshew completed his first 12 passes after replacing Foles and finished with a great 22 – 25 for 275 yards with two TDS, but one INT.

But, while the rookie 6th round pick out of Washington State showed moxie and was able to keep the game at least competitive in the fourth quarter, clearly the Jaguars offense as a whole will be in dire straits without the veteran Foles for next few games.

After all, Jacksonville had been counting on trying to land him in free agency this past March and did so, by guaranteeing him $50 million on a four-year contract. That’s the richest deal that the Jags have never given to a water back in their 25-year franchise history.

After completing the touchdown to speedy D.J. Chark, but having to leave with the injured clavicle, Foles was seen on the sideline with his left arm in a sling (above), as the game wore on.

Jaguar fans are now hoping that wasn’t symbolic the state of their season, and that maybe, just maybe, Foles might be able to be back to save part or more of their season.

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Jaguars taking strange risk with playing Jalen Ramsey Thursday

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As the Jaguars get set to try to win their first game of the season on Thursday night against rival Tennessee, the dominant story line will be about DB Jalen Ramsey and his status with the team. Further and most importantly, if the team does indeed intend to trade him as soon as Friday, why is he even playing in the game?

As for that, we wrote yesterday that Ramsey is still on the Jaguars roster and expected to not only be active, but start in tonight’s game. This despite numerous reports since Sunday, that he wants to be traded, and the team is actively shopping him to the first takeer that will give them at least one number one pick in return.

Importantly, the front office has not denied that they’re trying to move the disgruntled former Pro Bowl corner, you can only take that to mean: they are trying to pull off a trade.

So it raises the very valid dilemma of: playing arguably your best player in the third game of the year, but also the realistic possibility that Ramsey could somehow hurt himself in the game. And while a serious injury isn’t likely, something slight like a groin or hamstring injury could come from playing in this game.

Another very valid point is that if the Jaguars could not make a trade in the last 48 hours or so for Ramsey, are they really going to get more value by trading him Friday, this weekend or next Monday?

Highly unlikely.

So, here we go with the team taking what appears to be an unnecessary risk with a player who obviously privately has made it clear he wants out of North Florida.

Of course the other possible part of this is; the VP of football Tom Coughlin is willing to “play poker,” for now, with the other teams in the league that are pursuing Ramsey and might even wait another week or two before pulling the trigger.

After all the Jaguars have until October trading deadline to find the best deal possible.

However,  the argument against that is that Ramsey could become a bigger distraction than what he already has and cause more problems than he already has behind the scenes for the team.

It certainly is a dilemma.

And it’s one that will play out Thursday on National TV, if and when Ramsey is out there running around, while the team is trying to deal him somewhere else, maybe as soon as the weekend.

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Jaguars coach Marrone confirms Jalen Ramsey will play Thursday

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Pro Bowl defensive back Jalen Ramsey told the media on Tuesday that, as long as he was going to be with the Jaguars he was going to give it his all. And, that will now include the Thursday night game with the Tennessee Titans.

After speculation that Ramsey might be traded prior to the showdown with the Titans at TIAA Bank Field, Ramsey not only participated in the Wednesday walk through practice with his teammates, but coach Doug Marrone announced after practice that he will be playing in the game Thursday night:

So, Ramsey will at least be with the Jaguars for a few more days. Speculation continues to run rampant that Jacksonville will complete a trade for Ramsey maybe, as soon as Friday after the game.

Earlier the day ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco reported that because Ramsey was on the Jaguars roster still at the end of business on Tuesday (or 48 hours before game time) that Jacksonville would still be obligated to pay him for this week

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport also says the Jaguars are holding firm in their belief that they can get two future number one picks in exchange for Ramsey.

However, that would be highly unlikely, as most teams know the Jacksonville is looking to rid themselves of the defensive back. And, Miami trading number one pick Minkah Fitzpatrick earlier in the week for a single number one pick with a swap of other mid round draft picks this year and next year, seems to have set the market.

This is particularly because, Fitzpatrick is still relatively inexpensive for the rest of this season and the next two years. However, Ramsey in the final year of his deal and if the team trading for him assumes his fifth year option his price tag, it will Skyrocket to a $13.7 million salary next year.

There is a further complication that Ramsey might reject wanting to sign a long-term deal with that team that acquires him and therefore, he essentially becomes a rental player for the remainder of this year.

Marrone further said that he spoke to Ramsey after his Tuesday news conference and team practice and they they were ready to go with Thursday’s game. The Jags are 0-2 and already in a “must win” mode for the NFC South early.

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