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Brady lauds Pollard

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Brady lauds Pollard

Whether Bernard Pollard will play or not remains in question.

Pollard, who injured his ribs in last weeks 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, didnt practice for the Ravens on Wednesday.

Neither did defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee), cornerback Lardarius Webb (knee), Jameel McClain (knee) or tackle Jah Reid (calf). Paul Kruger, a starting outside linebacker who missed the Eagles game with a back injury, had limited participation along with tackle Michael Oher who has been slowed by a sore ankle.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will face the Ravens on Sunday, has seen quite a bit of Pollard over the years. In 2008, Brady tore a ligament in his left knee as he was hit by Pollard when he played for the Kansas City Chiefs.

He can blitz, plays well in the run game, covers man-to-man, plays in the deep part of the field, Brady said. He made an incredible play against us in the (AFC) championship game last year so I have a lot of respect for him as a player and as a competitor.

The play Brady is referring to is a deep throw from midfield into the end zone with just more than seven minutes left in the game. Pollard extended to tip a pass to teammate Jimmy Smith for an interception that kept the Ravens alive.

As for any lingering hard feelings about the hit four years ago, Brady chalks it up to being an accident. Pollard, who embraces the nickname Bonecrusher, was on the ground and came up to grab Bradys leg as he threw the ball.

Hes always made plays against us, Brady said. What happened years ago was an accident.

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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.

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“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.

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