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5 Ravens' starters don't practice


5 Ravens' starters don't practice

The injury report for the Ravens reduced by three to 16 Wednesday, but five starters did not particpate in practice.

Defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), safety Ed Reed (shoulder/knee), left guard Bobbie Williams (ankle) and right guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) were held out.

McPhee missed last week's game at the Cleveland Browns after struggling through injuries and getting only a half sack through the first seven games of the season.

Coach John Harbaugh had indicated earlier in the week that Williams, who had surgery on his broken ankle when he was with the Cincinnati Benglas last season, would get rest after re-injury in the 25-15 win vs. the Browns. Yanda hurt himself in that game also. But players had MRIs that came back negative, according to Harbaugh.

Ngata has been saddled with a shoulder injury for several weeks and hasn't been in top for for a while.

Linebacker Josh Barnes (tight), receiver Jacoby Jones (toe), left tackle Michael Oher (ankle), receiver David Reed (knee) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (abs) had limited participation.

Six others were listed by the Ravens as being injured but fully participated: safety Sean Considine (chest), long snapper Morgan Cox (shoulder), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (finger), defensive tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu (knee), safety Bernard Pollard (chest) and linebacker Terrell Suggs (ankle).

Going into last week's game, the Ravens listed 19 players on the injury report. All but McPhee were active on game day.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.