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Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey wants to reassure everyone his knee is fine

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jalen Ramsey wants everyone to know his surgically repaired right knee is fine.

He missed the Jacksonville Jaguars' preseason opener against the New York Jets on Aug. 11 and the next three practices -- a total of six days. That doesn't mean he's had a setback and his meniscus is fine.

"I've got to be smart about it," Ramsey said after Wednesday's joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I just came off knee surgery. I'm still, to this day, getting some rust off of me, getting into the swing of things, getting into the groove of things.

"It's about being smart. It's the preseason. I'm trying to be 100 percent by [the Sept. 11 opener against the Green Bay Packers]. I'm very, very close to that. I just trust in the coaches and training staff on what they said about things."

Ramsey, the No. 5 overall pick, missed all of organized team activities and minicamp after he underwent surgery on his right knee to repair a small tear in his meniscus. He was cleared to participate fully in training camp.

Coach Gus Bradley said he decided to keep Ramsey from playing against the Jets on the advice of the medical staff but said if it were a regular-season game Ramsey would have played.

Bradley said Ramsey, who returned to practice for the first time in six days Tuesday, isn't having any problems with his knee. The team just wants to experiment with his work schedule to find out the best route to ensure that the knee stays that way.

"He says he feels better than he ever has, so we're just trying to [get] his pre-practice warm-up down, how many days to go, how does he feel after certain days off, a couple days of practice and how does he feel," Bradley said. "I think we're getting a pretty good idea. Once we get into the season, the way the schedule is laid out, I really see it to where he goes two days and then the Friday is a lighter day.

"We're training him to get ready for that type of schedule. He's really adjusted well. He feels really good right now."

Ramsey was a full participant in Wednesday's practice with the Bucs and is expected to do the same when the teams practice Thursday. After a day off, the teams will play Saturday night at EverBank Field.