Cornerback Jalen Ramsey is all smiles as he begins workouts with the Dolphins after recovering from knee surgery.

Dolphins’ Jalen Ramsey in, Xavien Howard out vs. Patriots

All-Pro Jalen Ramsey will make his debut with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, however, fellow cornerback Xavien Howard has been ruled inactive for the team’s game against the visiting New England Patriots.

Ramsey, 29, was listed as questionable after limited participation in practice throughout the week. He was activated off injury reserve on Saturday, however.

He underwent meniscus surgery on his left knee on July 28 and was not expected back until December. The non-contact injury occurred in training camp while he was covering wideout Tyreek Hill in an 11-on-11 drill.

The Dolphins obtained Ramsey from the Los Angeles Rams in March for tight end Hunter Long and a 2023 third-round draft pick (77th overall), which became linebacker Byron Young of Tennessee.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro, Ramsey has 19 interceptions in 108 career games (107 starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-22). The Jaguars made the former Florida State standout the fifth pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Howard is sitting his second straight game due to a groin injury. Wide receiver Robbie Chosen, safety Jevon Holland, quarterback Skylar Thompson and defensive tackle Brandon Pili are also inactive for the Dolphins (5-2).

The Patriots (2-5) listed the following players as inactive: linebacker Josh Uche, offensive tackles Calvin Anderson and Vederian Lowe, wide receivers Tyquan Thornton and Kayshon Boutte and quarterback Will Grier.

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Cornerback Jalen Ramsey is all smiles as he begins workouts with the Dolphins after recovering from knee surgery.

Dolphins activate CB Jalen Ramsey (knee) from IR

All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey could make his season and Dolphins debut on Sunday against the New England Patriots after Miami activated him Saturday off injured reserve.

Ramsey, 29, underwent meniscus surgery on his left knee on July 28 and was not expected back until December. The non-contact injury occurred in training camp while he was covering wideout Tyreek Hill in an 11-on-11 drill.

In a corresponding move, Miami released cornerback Parry Nickerson.

Ramsey is listed as questionable after limited participation in practice this week. His 21-day activation window from injured reserve started Oct. 18.

The Dolphins obtained Ramsey from the Los Angeles Rams in March for tight end Hunter Long and a 2023 third-round draft pick (77th overall), which became linebacker Byron Young of Tennessee.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro, Ramsey has 19 interceptions in 108 career games (107 starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-22). The Jaguars made the former Florida State standout the fifth pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Nickerson, 29, has appeared in five games this season, his first with Miami, and had five solo tackles.

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Jun 6, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) looks on during mandatory minicamp at the Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins CB Jalen Ramsey to begin practicing

Miami Dolphins All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey will return to practice on Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a torn meniscus in his knee during training camp.

Coach Mike McDaniel confirmed Ramsey’s return. However, he said the three-time All-Pro would not play for the Dolphins (5-1) in Sunday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles (5-1).

Ramsey, who turns 29 next week, underwent surgery on his left knee on July 28 and was not expected back until December.

The non-contact injury occurred in training camp while he was covering wideout Tyreek Hill in an 11-on-11 drill.

“He literally called his shot,” McDaniel said of Ramsey. “… He told us before his surgery that he was going to (be back). He kept telling me he was an alien, and I’m starting to believe him.”

The six-time Pro Bowl selection joined Miami in a March 12 trade with the Los Angeles Rams.

Ramsey has 19 interceptions in 108 career games (107 starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-22).

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Jul 26, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) works out during training camp at Baptist Health Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins CB Jalen Ramsey (knee surgery) out several weeks

Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey will not be available for the start of the 2023 regular season, Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Friday.

Ramsey spoke to the team Thursday after he left practice with a non-contact knee injury. McDaniel confirmed the injury is a torn meniscus with surgery scheduled Friday that would determine the extent of his absence.

“Jalen spoke to the team, and it really moved people,” McDaniel said Friday, noting that Ramsey’s response to the injury and his determination have been positives for the entire team.

McDaniel said the start of the regular season is not a realistic return date for Ramsey, who was acquired via trade from the Los Angeles Rams. A full meniscus repair would likely rule out Ramsey until December.

Ramsey pointed to the longer absence than a minor torn meniscus repair — which calls for a recovery of around eight weeks — Thursday night when he tweeted, “That end of the season push gon be legendary!”

The injury occurred while Ramsey was matched up with speedy Tyreek Hill during an 11-on-11 drill toward the end of practice. Ramsey clutched at his left knee prior to colliding with Hill and was quickly evaluated by trainers.

Ramsey — a three-time All-Pro, six-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl champion — has missed multiple games in a season to injury just once in his previous eight NFL seasons.

Ramsey, 28, was acquired by the Dolphins from the Rams on March 12 in exchange for tight end Hunter Long and a 2023 third-round draft pick.

Ramsey had a career-high 88 tackles to go along with four interceptions and two forced fumbles in 17 games (all starts) with the Rams last season. Los Angeles did not make the playoffs in 2022, although he helped the club to a Super Bowl title the previous campaign.

Ramsey has 452 tackles, 19 interceptions and six forced fumbles in 108 career games (107 starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-22). He was selected by Jacksonville with the fifth overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Jun 6, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) looks on during mandatory minicamp at the Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins CB Jalen Ramsey carted off field with apparent injury

Miami Dolphins cornerback Jalen Ramsey was carted off the practice field on Thursday with an apparent left leg injury, multiple media outlets reported.

The injury occurred while Ramsey was matched up with speedy Tyreek Hill during an 11-on-11 drill toward the end of practice. Ramsey clutched at his left knee while on the ground before being evaluated by trainers.

The severity of the injury is not immediately known for Ramsey, a three-time All-Pro, six-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl champion.

Ramsey, 28, was acquired by the Dolphins from the Los Angeles Rams on March 12 in exchange for tight end Hunter Long and a third-round draft pick.

Ramsey had a career-high 88 tackles to go along with four interceptions and two forced fumbles in 17 games (all starts) with the Rams last season. Los Angeles did not make the playoffs in 2022, although he helped the club to a Super Bowl title the previous campaign.

Ramsey has 452 tackles, 19 interceptions and six forced fumbles in 108 career games (107 starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-22). He was selected by Jacksonville with the fifth overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Dolphins cornerback Jalen Ramsey addresses reporters at the team facility Thursday.

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Jalen Ramsey: Dolphins’ secondary best in NFL

Six-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey admitted he likes what he sees developing with respect to the Miami Dolphins’ secondary.

With four-time Pro Bowl selection Xavien Howard in tow, Ramsey was asked if the Dolphins boast the best cornerback duo and the top secondary in the NFL during his introductory press conference in Miami.

“I believe so. That’s just the type of energy I bring, the type of confidence I always have,” Ramsey said on Thursday, one day after his trade from the Los Angeles Rams became official.

“On paper, this is the best group that I’ve been a part of, and I feel like I’ve been a part of some good groups in Jacksonville and also L.A. But on paper, I feel like this is the best one. Obviously, with me and X on the outside, and then you’ve got the young guys — you’ve got Jevon (Holland), we just got DeShon Elliott, Brandon (Jones), Kader (Kohou). So I think we’ve got a good secondary on paper if you look at it.

“But we’ve got to put the work in. We can speak it as much as we want to, but we’re gonna have to go out there and prove it, and that’s what we’ll plan to do. But it’s not just about us. It’s the whole defense and the whole team. I think we can do something special if we put that work in and be as one.”

Ramsey, however, was careful not to compare the potential of his tandem with Howard to that of Patrick Surtain and Sam Madison, who made a combined seven Pro Bowls as Miami teammates from 1998-2004. Madison is now Miami’s cornerbacks coach and passing game specialist.

“We trying to be the best, man. We ain’t trying to really worry about comparing ourselves with anybody else,” Ramsey said. “We trying to be ourselves. We’ve had some success in our individual careers up until this point. We plan to have more success now together in the same secondary as a duo. … We just going to get after it. And then when it’s all said and done, then we can talk about — we can go over all of that and we can go over all of what people say.

“We’ll keep the receipts, and we’ll go back over all of that when it’s all said done, after the fact. That’s what I’ve been doing.”

Ramsey, 28, had 88 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles in 17 games (all starts) with the Rams last season. Los Angeles did not make the playoffs last season, although Ramsey helped them to a Super Bowl title the previous campaign.

Ramsey has 452 tackles, 19 interceptions and six forced fumbles in 108 career games (107 starts) with the Jaguars and Rams since Jacksonville drafted him No. 5 overall in 2016.

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Jan 8, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) returns an interception against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Dolphins to acquire CB Jalen Ramsey from Rams

The Miami Dolphins have agreed to acquire All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the Los Angeles Rams, multiple media outlets reported on Sunday.

Per ESPN, the Rams will acquire the Dolphins’ third-round pick (No. 77 overall) in the 2023 NFL Draft, as well as tight end Hunter Long. The trade cannot become official until the new league year begins on Wednesday.

“I prayed for this specifically for about a month & now it’s happening!” Ramsey wrote Sunday on Twitter while tagging the Dolphins.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, Ramsey was acquired by the Rams from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 16, 2019 in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2020 and 2021 NFL Drafts and a fourth-round selection in 2021.

Ramsey, 28, has three seasons remaining on the five-year, $100 million contract he signed prior to the 2020 season. He has a $17 million base salary for 2023, however the trade will save the Rams $5.6 million in cap space this year.

The former fifth overall selection in the 2016 draft had 88 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles in 17 games (all starts) with the Rams last season. Los Angeles did not make the playoffs last season, although Ramsey helped them to a Super Bowl title the previous season.

Ramsey has 452 tackles, 19 interceptions and six forced fumbles in 108 career games (107 starts) with the Jaguars and Rams since he arrived into the NFL out of Florida State.

Long, 24, had one reception for eight yards in seven games (two starts) in 2021. He did not record a catch in nine games in 2022.

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Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) defends against Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams CB Jalen Ramsey to start camp on PUP list

Los Angeles Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Ramsey underwent surgery on his left shoulder over the offseason. He tweeted a photo of himself with a sling on that shoulder last month. He claimed on a podcast appearance that he played more than half the season with two AC joints sprained.

The 27-year-old is still expected to be ready for ready for the 2022 season opener.

“When we did do that surgery on him, obviously most importantly was how he felt about it, but then with the goal in mind of, alright, attack the rehab the right way and, most importantly, be ready for Sept. 8 ready to go,” coach Sean McVay told reporters Friday. “So we’ll be smart about that progress for him.”

Ramsey played in 16 games (all starts) in 2021, matching his career high with four interceptions and adding 77 tackles with 16 pass breakups. He was named a first-team All-Pro for the second straight year and third time in his career as the Rams went on to win the Super Bowl.

He has 15 interceptions in 91 games (90 starts) with the Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-21) since Jacksonville drafted him fifth overall in 2016.

The Rams also placed linebacker Travin Howard, safety Quentin Lake and rookie running back Kyren Williams on the PUP list to start camp.

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Feb 11, 2022; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams safety Jalen Ramsey during press conference at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Path from Jaguars to Rams leads cocksure Jalen Ramsey to Super Bowl

Jalen Ramsey’s braggadocio approach seemingly took the day off Friday when he said Los Angeles Rams teammate Aaron Donald is the best football player in the world.

The cockiness — or extreme confidence — didn’t take long to return when the follow-up question was whether Ramsey thought he was the best cornerback in the world.

“I know I am,” Ramsey blurted out.

Ramsey isn’t about to soft-pedal things just because the Rams are playing in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. More questions from the media equal more direct answers coming from his lips.

“I’ve been the best in the game for years now, consistently showing greatness week in and week out,” the 27-year-old Ramsey said earlier this week. “So, it’s another workday at the office for me on Sunday.

“I don’t really think about what anybody says about what I should do or how I should play. I have consistently been great over the years, so I have shown that I will show up when I need to show up. And that’s what I plan to do again on Sunday.”

Earlier this week, Ramsey insisted he wanted to cover Cincinnati hot-shot wideout Ja’Marr Chase, who was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year on Thursday night.

The six-year veteran has since softened up — yes, he still wants to cover Chase — knowing that the entirety of the defensive game plan carries more weight than his individual wishes.

“There are different areas where we might have to do something different because it might put the team in a better position to win,” Ramsey said. “So, wherever the game may take us, it will take us. And we are going to do what we’ve got to do from there. But you’re going to get to see that matchup. You’re going to have the opportunity to see it, and I’m going to be ready for it.”

Ramsey had 77 tackles and four interceptions this season while being named a Pro Bowler for the fifth time and an All-Pro for the third.

He played his first three-plus seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars before being traded to the Rams during the 2019 season.

He was dealt by the Jaguars after some heavy tension with the organization. Ramsey got into a heated sideline argument with then-coach Doug Marrone during a game. It led to a meeting that included executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell, two men Ramsey did not see eye to eye with.

After Ramsey left the meeting that became highly confrontational, he was still in the hallway of the team complex when he called his agent to ask him to request a trade.

Just as he did in December when the Rams played Jacksonville, Ramsey maintains he has no hard feelings and is appreciative of getting to play for the Jaguars.

“My time in Jacksonville, what it was is a part of my dream,” Ramsey said. “I had to embrace it to get to where I’m at now. So I’m grateful for that time.”

While Ramsey had repeated issues during his 51 regular-season games with the Jaguars, he has been a better fit with the Rams through 40 games, despite an in-game incident with safety Taylor Rapp in a Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Ramsey hit Rapp in the facemask with an open-hand punch in the huddle.

“We had a personal disagreement about something specific during the game,” Ramsey said several days later. “We got into it and it was what it was. I guess that’s kind of all I will say about it is, it was what it was. We were able to move on, support each other through the game, communicate better throughout the rest of the game.”

All is well with the Rams after three straight postseason wins. But Ramsey knows the biggest part of the job remains: winning the Super Bowl.

“That would mean a lot. That’s the highest achievement you can have in this game,” Ramsey said. “That’s something when I started playing football at 4 or 5 years old, I always dreamed of. It will mean a lot.”

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Jan 2, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA;  San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward (1) during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

NFL fines Jimmie Ward $20K, Jalen Ramsey $15K

The NFL slapped San Francisco safety Jimmie Ward with a $20,000 fine and Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey $15,000 for their actions in last week’s NFC Championship Game, NFL Network reported Saturday.

Ward put a vicious hit to the helmet of Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 20-17 win over the Niners. Ward was flagged 15 yards for the hit, which came as Beckham was going to the ground after a 29-yard reception.

Ramsey drew his fine for unsportsmanlike conduct even though he wasn’t flagged during the game. Ramsey got in the face of 49ers kicker Robbie Gould after a field goal to end the first half. Ramsey yelled at Gould and the officials and threw hit helmet.

Rams wide receiver Ben Skowronek was fined $4,000 for an illegal hit, per the report.

The Rams will play the Cincinnati Bengals in next week’s Super Bowl in Los Angeles.

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