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Babin inactive, LB Smith and RB Taliaferro active


Babin inactive, LB Smith and RB Taliaferro active

OAKLAND – Jason Babin will not make his Ravens debut Sunday. Babin, the newly acquired pass rushing outside linebacker, was declared inactive for Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh sounded optimistic all week that Babin would be up to speed enough to play some snaps after just three practices. However, Harbaugh and the coaching staff must have felt that rookie outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith would give the Ravens a better chance to win this game. Smith was active Sunday, after being inactive Week 1 in Denver.

Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was also active after missing Week 1 with a knee injury. Taliferro would move into the backup running back spot behind Justin Forsett. 

Joining Babin on the Ravens’ inactive list were wide receiver Breshad Perriman, running back Terrence Magee, cornerback Rashaan Melvin, left tackle Eugene Monroe, defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi, and defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore. Perriman, who has not practiced for seven weeks due to a knee injury, was running some during pre-game warmups. Not at 100 percent, but Perriman was moving noticeably better than previous pregame sessions.

For the Raiders, both quarterback Derek Carr (throwing hand) and safety Charles Woodson (shoulder) were active.

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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.