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Browns coach says RB West had maturity issues in Cleveland

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Browns coach says RB West had maturity issues in Cleveland

OWINGS MILLS - If Ravens running back Terrance West needs extra motivation for Monday night’s game, he may have gotten it from Browns coach Mike Pettine.

During a Wednesday conference call, Pettine said West had maturity and accountability issues during his short stay in Cleveland. The Browns drafted West in the third round in 2014, but he spent just one season in Cleveland before being traded to the Titans. 

“We liked Terrance’s skill set, felt he had a chance to be a complete back, Pettine said. “A thicker guy, could still hit some short-yardage runs, but had the ability to either run a guy over, make him miss. He did some good work for us out of the backfield.

“But it was just, some of those maturity issues with Terrance, the accountability, the day-to-day practice habits and being a pro. It was unfortunate, because Terrance is a likeable guy, but we just felt at the time it was in both of ours best interest to move on.”

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West, who was picked up by the Ravens after the Titans released him November 7, could get an opportunity for carries Monday night, now that Justin Forsett (broken arm) is done for the season. Buck Allen becomes the Ravens’ featured back, with Raheem Mostert and West backing up Allen.

West was inactive against the Rams in Week 11, but wants to earn a chance to play with a strong week of practice.

“This league is all about next man up,” said West, a Baltimore native and former Towson star. “When I was with Cleveland, first NFL game against the Steelers, Ben Tate went down, and I was the next man up.“I’m very hungry. This Monday you’ll see.”

Asked if Monday's game meant more because it was against the Browns, West said, “We could’ve been playing against anybody this week. I’d have the same feeling. It’s going to be exciting.”

And for West, it could be a chance to pay back critics in Cleveland.

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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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