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Cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler are back from suspension Kyle Long Jersey , but neither is talking about what got them banned for a week or how they spent their time away.

They were not available during an open locker room session Monday. The team said both players will answer questions following Jacksonville's preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.

"They're back and we're ready to go," coach Doug Marrone said.

Marrone declined to say whether he met with the two suspended players Monday morning.

"I meet with a lot of players. I really do," Marrone said. "I meet with players all the time. This is the same thing. I meet with them. I talk to them. It's the same way. I'm going to keep those conversations private and keep moving along."

Marrone suspended Ramsey and Fowler for violating team rules and conduct unbecoming a Jaguars football player. Neither traveled to Minnesota for two days of joint practices with the Vikings and a preseason game.

Fowler was involved in several fights on Aug. 12, including one after practice with fellow defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in which they had to be separated repeatedly. No punches were thrown.

Ramsey was one of several teammates in the middle of it. He shouted profanities at media members who captured the altercation on video and later took to Twitter to threaten reporters with "war" for releasing the video.

Fowler and Ramsey rejoined teammates in meetings and practice Monday.

"You just got back to business as usual like they never left because they never did leave," defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. "They're going to be put right back in. No need to make a bigger deal out of than we need."

Ramsey made headlines again three days later in an interview with GQ magazine by saying calling Buffalo Bills rookie Josh Allen "trash" and saying Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was "overrated."

Baltimore's Joe Flacco, Indianapolis' Andrew Luck and Eli Manning of the New York Giants also got sub-par reviews. Ramsey called Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger "decent at best."

"If you can back it up, you can say whatever you want as long as it's respectful and coach Marrone doesn't care," Jackson said. "At the end of the day, he's a top-rated player so if you want to go out there and talk about somebody or talk to somebody, talk about every quarterback in the league, then go ahead. But I think that he has the skills to back it up so I don't care."

Ramsey has been ejected from two games in two seasons and has a penchant for getting under the skin of receivers like Steve Smith and A.J. Green http://www.officialblues.com/authentic- … kin-jersey , leading some to call him the NFL's newest villain.

"Why not?" Jackson said. "There's a lot of nice guys in this league, a lot of guys that (do) the right thing. Not saying (Ramsey) doesn't do the right thing, but you've got to push people's buttons to get in their head and be outspoken about it.

"A lot of guys don't want to be outspoken about it because they don't know if they can back it up. He knows he can back it up so let him do it."

NOTES: Jaguars had six players return to practice Monday after missing last week's exhibition at Minnesota, including four starters: safety Tashaun Gipson (ankle), guard Andrew Norwell (calf), right tackle Jermey Parnell (knee) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (chest). ... First-round draft pick Taven Bryan (abdomen) also practiced and is expected to make his preseason debut against the Falcons.

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — After the coaching staffs for Jacksonville and Minnesota met the night before, a group of 12 trusted players from both the Jaguars and Vikings convened before the two teams took the field for their first joint practice.

The goal of the gatherings could be boiled down to this: No fighting.

Please.

“We really don’t want to end up being on TV like some of these other things,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “We just want to get out there and get some work done and try to get each of us better.”

There’s no reason for the Jaguars and Vikings, who only play each other in the regular season every fourth year, to bring any grudges to these dual individual drills and simulated game situations.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone spent three years as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Saints William Perry Jersey , when Zimmer’s son and current Vikings linebackers coach Adam Zimmer was also on staff. Jaguars assistant offensive line coach Tony Sparano Jr . is the son of the late Vikings offensive line coach, who died suddenly of heart disease right before training camp .

“I think they’re an excellent football team. They’re well-disciplined. They’re well-coached,” Marrone said, speaking of the Vikings. “Those are the type of teams you want to come and practice against.”

This was Marrone’s idea, proposed to Zimmer shortly after the exhibition game schedule was finalized in April with the Jaguars playing the Vikings on Saturday.

Zimmer acknowledged some hesitation, citing his preference to follow training camp routine, but he agreed to include his team in an exercise that has long been common around the league. The workouts at Minnesota’s gleaming new facility will feature two teams that reached the conference championship games in January.

“I figured, ‘OK, they’re a good team. Let’s go and do it,'” Zimmer said.

The purpose is to break up the monotony of two-a-days and providing extra opportunities for evaluation of bottom-of-the-roster candidates. The Vikings joined the Bengals for practices two years ago in Cincinnati where Zimmer used to be the defensive coordinator, a trip that conveniently allowed him to stay at his ranch retreat in rural Kentucky.

“After going against the same defense Michael Grabner Jersey , the same schemes, the same players every day, at some point it gets a little old,” Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said.

The excitement and, thus, the intensity have ramped up for these sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. That’s why the pre-practice conversations took place about keeping the competition healthy and respectful.

“I’ve done it almost every year I’ve been a head coach in this league so I’ve seen great results from that if it’s done properly,” Marrone said.

The New York Jets and Washington Redskins had a multiplayer melee on Sunday spill into the crowd of fans . The Jaguars had their own scuffle to sort out, with a scrap between defensive ends Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue that prompted Marrone to keep Fowler and star cornerback Jalen Ramsey home from this trip . Zimmer banished wide receiver Stefon Diggs and cornerback Xavier Rhodes from practice one day last week after their trash-talking antics angered him.

The Vikings had some testy joint practices with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2003 and again in 2004, when pro wrestler Brock Lesnar made his ill-fated tryout with the Vikings as a defensive lineman and stirred up his share of shouting and shoving in scrimmages.

So even the best of intentions can be cast aside in the heat of the moment when it’s, literally, as hot outside as it’ll be all season.

Diggs and Thielen Trent Williams Jersey , for their part, were disappointed by Ramsey’s absence and the lost opportunity to test their skills against an All-Pro. The Vikings still faced plenty of challenges against the Jacksonville defense, which ranked second behind the Vikings last season in fewest yards and points allowed.

“We came here to work. We came here to get things done,” Diggs said. “So as far as anything extra, we’re not interested.”

The first session on Wednesday came and went without any drama, as both sides intended.

“This is a good team to go against, a good team to get us right and to see where we are,” Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith said afterward. “Hopefully we push each other in the right way and we’ll be seeing each other in the right game later on.”

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