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Bobbie Williams fighting to keep starting job


Bobbie Williams fighting to keep starting job

How much Bobbie Williams can contribute to the Ravens' offensive line remain to be seen, but the banged-up veteran is fighting for a starting job.

Rookie Kelechi Osemele, who had started the first two preseason games at right tackle, has gotten a lot of work with the first team at left guard, too.

Williams, in his 13th season, is coming off a broken ankle with the Cincinnati Bengals last season. Coach John Harbaugh has given him time off to rest during training camp as Osemele has shown surprisingly good form for a rookie.

Harbaugh maintains the Ravens benefit from Williams' presence even though he hasn't been 100.

"Bobbie is just an outgoing personality. Hes got a lot of fire, really positive, up-lifting kind of guy. (He) fits our locker room really well," Harbaugh said. "Guys love being around him, so hes brought that kind of leadership style. Its been good.

Williams was moved to right guard earlier in the week as he practiced with the first team there. He got the start vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night because usual starter, Marshal Yanda, injured his knee in practice.

"He kind of tweaked it a little bit. Its nothing serious, but we had a little pileup there, which we were kind of disappointed by. It wasnt anyones fault," Harbaugh said.

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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.