Jacksonville Jaguars second-year cornerback Jalen Ramsey underwent surgery to treat a core muscle injury, the team announced Friday.
“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, via Jacksonville’s team website. “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. I can’t wait to be back on the field with the team and show the world how we’re rocking this year.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Ramsey’s recovery is expected to take six to eight weeks, but that he will not miss the start of the 2017 regular season.
The fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft started all 16 games in his rookie season, and made an immediate impact in Jacksonville’s secondary. Ramsey recorded 65 tackles, 14 passes defended, three tackles for a loss, two interceptions, and scored one defensive touchdown.
Jacksonville’s front office continued to add talent to the defensive side of the ball through free agency this offseason, and are hoping the combination of Ramsey and A.J. Bouye can elevate their secondary to another level in 2017.
The Jaguars allowed the fifth fewest passing yards in the NFL last season and surrendered just 20 touchdowns through the air all year.
This pain won’t last, Iknow the Lord got me 🙏🏾
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) June 16, 2017