Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin is backing Jalen Ramsey following the cornerback's ejection, along with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, in the first half of Sunday's game.
"I want to voice my support for Jalen Ramsey following the incident in our game on Sunday," Coughlin said in a statement released by the team's public relations office. "Our players are instructed to not retaliate or get involved or do anything that would result in eviction because that would hurt the team. Team comes first, and Jalen was trying not to hurt his team.
"While he did push his opponent -- something that happened with other players during the game -- he did not retaliate, he threw no punches, and he did not fight back...There was banter going back and forth during the game, but Jalen was playing football within the rules."
Ramsey and Green could be seen talking to each other throughout the game and Ramsey shoved Green after the whistle blew on a 1-yard run by Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon.
Green then grabbed Ramsey by the neck from behind him and slammed him to the ground. Green delivered several punches to the second-year defensive back until a group of players jumped into the fray.
Referee Brad Allen said after the game that Ramsey was ejected for being the "instigator" of the tussle.
A league spokesman told NFL Media that neither Ramsey nor Green will be suspended for the on-field fight, but the NFL is reviewing the incident for possible fines.