Jags owner ex­pects Ramsey will play

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Jaguars owner Shad Khan ex­pects cor­ner­back Jalen Ramsey to play this week.

Khan told a fi­nan­cial news site, The Street, he had a “heart to heart” with the disgruntle­d de­fender ear­lier this week and said Ramsey is sched­uled to play against the Saints (4-1).

“Well, I think, he’s go­ing to be play­ing this week,” Khan said Thurs­day. “So hope­fully you’ll tune into the Saints game. I think it’s some­thing you’ve got to bal­ance what’s good for the team with what the in­di­vid­ual maybe wishes might be. And I think we’ll be able to kind of for­mu­late it here.

“I met him a cou­ple of days ago, had a heart to heart, and I think we’ll be able to come to what makes sense for all.”

What that means ex­actly re­mains un­clear.

Ramsey was slated to prac­tice for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day Thurs­day after miss­ing seven straight be­cause of ill­ness, back tight­ness and the birth of his sec­ond daugh­ter. His back caused him to miss the last two games. He saw a spe­cial­ist Mon­day in Hous­ton.

The two-time Pro Bowl se­lec­tion told the Un­in­ter­rupted’s “17 Weeks” pod­cast last week that he’s dealt with back sore­ness at times dur­ing his NFL ca­reer. He ap­peared on the team’s in­jury re­port twice in 2017 with a back in­jury but played both weeks.

Ramsey re­quested a trade last month fol­low­ing a heated ar­gu­ment with coach Doug Mar­rone on the side­line in Hous­ton and a much-less-pub­lic ex­change with per­son­nel chief Tom Cough­lin after the game.

Raiders cut Nel­son: The Raiders cut wide re­ceiver J.J. Nel­son after he missed three of the last four games with in­juries.

The Raiders signed Mar­cell Ate­man to take Nel­son’s spot on the 53-man ros­ter. Ate­man was on the prac­tice squad the first four weeks and played briefly Sun­day against the Bears be­fore be­ing waived to make room for the re­cently ac­quired Zay Jones.

Nel­son signed a $1 mil­lion con­tract in free agency but strug­gled to stay healthy in his only sea­son with the Raiders. He hurt his knee early in the opener and sat out the next game. He re­turned in Week 3 and caught a TD pass against the Vik­ings but missed the last two weeks be­cause of the knee.

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

Back is­sues have forced Jags CB Jalen Ramsey to miss the last two games.

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