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Bynes moves up quickly

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Bynes moves up quickly

In a flash, Josh Bynes jumps from the practice squad to No. 2 on the depth chart for Sunday's game at the Houston Texans.

The Ravens linebacker will suit up for the first time because of the season-ending triceps tear of Ray Lewis last week.

Bynes was undrafted in 2011 and had to overcome a cracked vertebrae on his spine during training camp.

"It's just going to be the same as we did last year," said Bynes, who played once while Lewis was out four games with turf toe when the Ravens went 4-0. "When I came up it was Jameel (McClain) and Elle (Dannell Ellerbe) step up and did what we did as a defense.

"We can't think about our leader being down. ... We've been in the same position before and we did really well. I think we'll do excellent this week."

Bynes is listed as McClain's backup at middle linebacker. Sergio Kindle, who has played in just one game this season, is Albert McClellan's backup at strong-side linebacker.

Kindle was supposed to be Baltimore's prized draft pick in 2010, but he has played in a total of three games and missed his rookie season with a head injury.  His roster spot was in question with the pending return of linebacker Terrell Suggs, but that's probably not the case anymore because of Lewis' injury.

"We just got confidence in each and every player on this team regardless of who goes down," Bynes said. "The next man will step up and do his job. .. That's the greatest thing about this team. We're going to execute very well  and going to go out there and do what we're supposed to do against the Texans."

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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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