June 16 (UPI) – Second-year cornerback Jalen Ramsey had surgery Thursday to repair a core muscle injury he suffered during Jacksonville Jaguars OTAs.

“The team felt this was the best course of action for Jalen to properly recover and train for the 2017 season,” the Jaguars wrote in a statement.

Ramsey, 22, was the No. 5 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Florida State product had 65 tackles, 14 passes defended, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a touchdown in 16 starts last season.

“To all my supporters and fans, I want you to know that I chose to undergo surgery to treat a minor injury that was very successful,” Ramsey said in a statement. “I want to and will be the best version of myself that I can be for the upcoming 2017 season.”

“I will attack this rehab, refine my body and work as hard as I ever have to become the best Defensive Back in this league and to make everyone, including my family, teammates and city, proud of who I am.”

“I can’t wait to be back on the field with the team and show the world how we’re rocking this year.”

NFL Network reported that his recovery is not expected to overlap the start of the 2017 season. The Jaguars gave no timetable for Ramsey’s return. The Jaguars upgraded its secondary this offseason, signing free agent A.J. Bouye.

“It’s nice to have both of them back there,” Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Walsh told reporters Thursday at Jaguars minicamp. “It just depends on the body style of the receivers that we’re going to see. Jalen matched everybody last year. We’ll have a plan going into each week if Bouye travels to a guy or if Jalen travels to a guy, whatever it may be to give us the best opportunity to win. We just have a lot of flexibility with those two.”

“They’re both smart enough where at times they can go back and play the middle of the field. We’re excited about both of those guys.”

Last season the Jaguars allowed the fifth-fewest passing yards in the NFL, but were killed by the big play. In 2016, the Jaguars allowed 12 passes of 40 yards or longer, the third-most in the NFL.

NFL Network reported that the injury typically requires a six-week recovery.

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