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Jags CB Ramsey goes at it with Ravens WR Smith

JACKSONVILLE — Jalen Ramsey and Steve Smith had to be separated in the fourth quarter and again after Sunday's Ravens-Jaguars game.

Ramsey, Jacksonville's rookie cornerback and a former Florida State standout, even refused to talk to Baltimore's veteran receiver after the Ravens' 19-17 victory. Ramsey didn't hold back in the locker room, though, a move Smith later questioned on Twitter.

"Once you're beating you're opponent who's in front of you physically and psychologically, they tend to get mad like that," Ramsey said. "I don't care how old he is. I don't care. You line up in front of me, you're going to get me. If that made him angry, then he can go home and sleep on it. I don't care. You ain't going to try me as a man. At the end of the day, it is what it is."

Smith had long left EverBank Field when he saw Ramsey's quotes and defended himself on Twitter.

"I gave U every opportunity to speak face to face," Smith wrote. "But you found your voice safely behind closed doors. Young man I don't need ur respect!"

One of the league's all-time trash-talkers, Smith wasn't done, either.

"In 5 to 10 u will be retiring and they will be taking my measurements for something you will NEVER BE. #HOFer. I got cleats with stronger thread then you!!!" Smith added.

Ramsey and Smith were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for jawing and pushing late in the fourth quarter. Smith had eight catches for 87 yards. Ramsey said few, if any, of those catches came against him.

Anthem protests: Players at several games continued to make small demonstrations during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Panthers safety Marcus Ball held his right hand in the air during the national anthem. Former Lakewood High and Florida standout Dante Fowler Jr. joined three other Jaguars players in raising a fist before the game against Baltimore. DaQuan Jones and Perrish Cox joined several other Titans players who repeated their raised-fist protest from the opener Sept. 11.

Patriots stand pat: The Patriots could head into Week 4 with both of their available quarterbacks injured. But coach Bill Belichick doesn't seem fazed. He deferred comment Sunday on the status of Week 3 starter Jacoby Brissett (thumb) and Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) until later in the week, as New England prepared to host the Bills next Sunday. "Well we'll give our injury report on Wednesday, as we always do, as we're required to do," Belichick said during a conference call with reporters. The Patriots are 3-0 after defeating the Texans 27-0 on Thursday but rookie Brissett, a former Florida quarterback who ended his college career at North Carolina State, injured a thumb during the game. Tom Brady can return from his four-game Deflategate suspension Oct. 9 against Cleveland.

Giants: Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $36,000 for a crack-back block on Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro last week, the Associated Press reported. Beckham's block came in the third quarter of New York's 16-13 victory.

Times wires

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