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.

–Field Level Media

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.”

–Field Level Media

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.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) runs back an interception in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions  at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams’ COVID outlook improves after CB Jalen Ramsey activated

The Los Angeles Rams’ COVID-19 situation at least looks a little brighter Sunday after the team activated star cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Rams’ outbreak, which began last week, forced their home game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks to be moved to Tuesday night. Ramsey will be available to play in that game.

Also Sunday, the Rams restored defensive back Grant Haley to the practice squad and designated running back Jake Funk for return.

The moves get the Rams down to 23 players currently unavailable due to COVID-19, down from a high of 29 players unavailable earlier last week. Among the players take off the list Saturday were wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and running back Darrell Henderson.

“Very excited to be able to get Jalen back,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “We know how important he is to our team from a leadership perspective and then a production perspective on the field, so that’s really big to be able to get him back.”

The list of unavailable players still includes notable contributors such as safety Jordan Fuller, tackle Rob Havenstein, linebacker Von Miller and tight end Tyler Higbee.

Ramsey, 27, has 59 tackles and three interceptions in 12 games this season, while often lined up against opponents’ top wide receiver.

With Fuller still out, his play-calling duties could fall to Ramsey, as the Rams (9-4) face the Seahawks while trailing the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals by a half game.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) during the game against the Tennessee Titans at SoFi Stadium. The Titans defeated the Rams 28-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rams’ Jalen Ramsey, Tyler Higbee (COVID) out Monday

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey and tight end Tyler Higbee were placed on the reserve/COVID list, leaving the team minus two starters hours before their Monday Night Football matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Rams now have five players on the COVID list. Running back Darrell Henderson, right tackle Rob Havenstein and cornerback Donte’ Deayon were put on the list over the weekend.

Ramsey, 27, is in his third season with the Rams and leads the team with three picks and 11 pass breakups. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2017 and 2020.

Ramsey was likely to be tasked with covering Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins during Monday’s game at Arizona.

Higbee, 28, has 44 receptions for 395 yards and three touchdowns this season, his sixth with Los Angeles. Both Higbee and Ramsey started all 12 games for the Rams this season before Monday’s news.

The Rams also activated from LB Justin Hollins from injured reserve.

The Rams (8-4) are chasing the Cardinals (10-2) for the NFC West lead. Arizona won the first meeting this season, 37-20.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) runs back an interception in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions  at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams CB Jalen Ramsey (illness) misses practice

The Los Angeles Rams practiced Thursday without four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was sidelined due to an illness.

Rams coach Sean McVay did not address the media after Thursday’s practice, so no details were known about the severity of Ramsey’s ailment.

Ramsey turned 27 on Sunday, the same day his fourth-quarter interception in the end zone helped clinch a 28-19 Rams win over former teammate Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions in Los Angeles. Ramsey has 41 tackles and two interceptions this season.

Including Ramsey, six Rams starters sat out Thursday’s practice: offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth (knee), defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day (chest), linebacker Terrell Lewis (ribs), safety Jordan Fuller (knee) and defensive back Robert Rochell (knee).

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who was given a rest day Wednesday, was a full participant a day later, and offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum Jr. also returned to the field after an illness kept him out Wednesday.

On Sunday, the 6-1 Rams visit the 1-6 Houston Texans.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods (17) scores a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Rams’ Robert Woods comes out on top to wear No. 2

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods will wear the No. 2 jersey this season, the team announced Tuesday.

Woods, who wore the number in both high school and at Southern California, fended off cornerback Jalen Ramsey for the honor. The two actively had been pursuing the number over social media, with Woods getting his way presumably due to seniority.

The Rams previously posted photoshopped images of several players wearing their college numbers, including Woods.

Woods, 29, has worn the No. 17 jersey in each of his four seasons with the Rams. He previously donned the No. 10 jersey while playing for the Buffalo Bills (2013-16).

Ramsey, 26, will continue to wear the No. 20 jersey.

Also on Tuesday, the Rams announced new wide receiver DeSean Jackson will wear the No. 1 jersey. He wore that number while playing collegiately at California.

Jackson, 34, wore the No. 10 jersey during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles (2008-13, 2019-20), and the No. 11 jersey with the Washington Football Team (2014-16) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017-18).

–Field Level Media

Dec 6, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams free up $20M with two restructured deals

Dec 20, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin (26) intercepts a pass in front of Washington Football Team wide receiver Cam Sims (89) in the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams restructured the contracts of cornerback Jalen Ramsey and wide receiver Robert Woods to free up $20 million in cap space, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Further, the Rams are working to restructure the contracts of Aaron Donald and wide receiver Cooper Kupp, moves that will get the Rams under the $182.5 million salary cap before the new league year hits Wednesday.

The Rams saved $12 million on Ramsey’s $100 million extension he signed last September. The team converted $15 million of Ramsey’s 2021 salary into a bonus. The team did the same with Woods, converting $10 of his salary for this season into a bonus, saving $8 million.

Donald’s cap hit is at $27.9 million and Kupp’s is $14.5 million as it stands, ahead of restructuring.

The team also agreed to a four-year, $64 million extension with OLB Leonard Floyd.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) makes a leaping tackle to stop New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Rifghrt is Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Kenny Young (41). Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams’ Ramsey fined nearly $16K for fight; Tate not fined

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey was fined $15,625 for his postgame fight with Golden Tate of the New York Giants last week.

Tate was not fined.

The brawl broke out around midfield shortly after the host Rams defeated the Giants 17-9. Players from both teams scrambled to break up the fight on the ground.

The spat stems from a family matter between the two — Ramsey has two children with Tate’s younger sister, Breanna, but the two are no longer a couple.

–Field Level Media