Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Jaguars' top pick Ramsey injured

JACKSONVILLE — The Jaguars have had little luck with first-round draft picks from the state the past two seasons.

First Florida's Dante Fowler, then FSU's Jalen Ramsey.

The team said Thursday that Ramsey, the fifth overall selection in this year's draft, sustained a "small tear to the meniscus" in his right knee during an onfield workout earlier this week. He will get a second opinion next week before deciding the next course of action.

It's the second time in as many years that Jacksonville's top pick was hurt long before training camp. Fowler, a defensive end and the third overall pick in 2015 who was a high school standout at Lakewood, tore the ACL in his left knee during the first hour of a rookie minicamp last year and missed the entire season.

Now, the Jaguars, who scaled back rookie minicamp as a result of Fowler's injury, await word on the extent of Ramsey's.

It could be another huge setback for a team that many believe had positioned itself to make a playoff push going into this season.

Bucs boot Murray

TAMPA — A month ago, it looked like the Bucs would have Connor Barth and Patrick Murray competing for the kicking job for a third year in a row. Now, in the aftermath of the team selecting FSU's Roberto Aguayo in the second round of the draft, both returning kickers are gone after Murray was waived Thursday. Murray, 24, spent last year on injured reserve and was recovering from knee surgery. Barth was cut three days after Aguayo was drafted on April 29. Murray was 20-of-24 on field goals (83 percent) in 2014 and 31-for-31 on (the older, shorter) extra points.

AMERICAN INDIANS POLLED OKAY WITH NICKNAME: A recent poll found that nine of 10 American Indians aren't offended by the Washington Redskins name. The national poll conducted by the Washington Post indicated more than eight in 10 said they wouldn't be offended if someone who was not an American Indian called them that name. Ninety percent of the random national sample of 504 American Indians said the name doesn't bother them; 9 percent said it was offensive. American Indians make up about 2 percent of the U.S. population.

PAYBACK: Commissioner Roger Goodell pledged in a letter to two U.S. senators that the NFL would "promptly" return more than $700,000 teams had been paid to perform military tributes during games. The league received harsh backlash last year when Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., revealed how the Department of Defense paid professional sports teams to host in-game ceremonies as a form of recruitment. The Jets, as one example, received $115,000 from the New Jersey branch of the National Guard for a variety of ceremonies. The Bucs were not among the 14 teams that were initially reported to have had a deal with the Defense Department. In his letter to Flake and McCain, Goodell outlined the NFL's various relationships with the military and wrote the league had used an independent firm to audit to how much money teams had received from the Defense Department to pay for ceremonies. Goodell vowed the league would pay back all $723,734.

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