Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is not on the Ravens’ list of favorite players, either.
Already under scrutiny for his vicious hit Saturday against Antonio Brown of the Steelers, Burfict also decked Ravens tight end Maxx Williams while he was defenseless in Week 17. Williams was running a pass route in the end zone, looking back at quarterback Ryan Mallett, when Burfict forcefully drove his helmet underneath Williams’ chin.
Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel posted a video of the hit on his Twitter account. Along with the video, Urschel tweeted, “People who think Burfict’s hit on Antonio Brown was bad need to look at his hit on Maxx Williams last week.”
ESPN analyst and Hall of Fame player Cris Carter did look at Burfict’s hit and was highly critical of it. Burfict was not penalized for the hit on Williams, but Carter used the video as an example while blasting Burfict during ESPN’s “Postseason NFL Countdown” show Sunday.
“This has been a continual behavior with him in the league,” Carter said. “We’ve tried to take out hits to the head for the players.
“Let me show you what he did in Week 17. This is not on the TV copy. This is last week. You won’t see this on the TV copy. We watch a lot of tape around here. That was the coach’s copy. I was able to see that play. So, I wasn’t surprised by it.
“Not only are we trying to take hits to the head out of the game. We are trying to take players out of the game that continue to play like this. I won’t be surprised if he is suspended for multiple games as we begin the 2016 season. But his continued behavior shouldn’t be allowed in the National Football League.”
If Burfict is suspended, it’s possible he could miss at least one game against the Ravens next season. If that happens, the Ravens won’t miss him.
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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.”
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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