Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey did not practice Wednesday due to a back injury, then left the team for the birth of his daughter in Nashville, Tenn.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone released a statement Wednesday evening reading, "Months ago in the offseason, Jalen notified me that he was expecting the birth of his second child in late September.
"We spoke about this recently and again after practice and decided that it was best for Jalen to fly to Nashville tonight after meetings to be with his family during the birth of their daughter. He will return to the team when he's ready, and we will provide an update at that time."
Ramsey's agent, David Mulugheta, thanked Marrone on Twitter, writing, "Thanks coach, Jalen wouldn't miss this moment for anything."
ESPN's Adam Schefter had reported earlier Wednesday that Ramsey was a long shot to play Sunday at Denver, based on his back injury.
Ramsey is also dealing with a hamstring strain, NFL Network reported, believed to be sustained last Thursday in Jacksonville's victory over the Tennessee Titans. His designation on the Jaguars' official injury report was for the back injury.
On Sunday, Ramsey called the Jaguars to inform the team he was sick and wouldn't practice Monday. The team said he was at the facility to see Jaguars doctors and returned home.
Ramsey formally requested a trade after Week 2, the culmination of a sideline confrontation between Marrone and the All-Pro cornerback.
Owner Shad Khan said last week he prefers to address the player's contract, not send Ramsey out of town via trade.
--Field Level Media