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Canty thinking about 2016, not retirement

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Canty thinking about 2016, not retirement

Ravens defensive end Chris Canty isn’t ready to retire at age 33, despite seeing his former University of Virginia teammate, Heath Miller, announce his retirement last week. Miller and Canty both entered the NFL in 2005, and Miller called it quits last week after 11 seasons as a Steelers’ tight end.

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Canty is under contract for next season with the Ravens, and whether he stays in Baltimore, or goes elsewhere as a salary cap casualty, Canty plans to play. Appearing Monday on Pro Football Talk Live, Canty did not say how many more years he planned to play.

“I’ve been taking it year to year for the past four seasons,” Canty said on PFT Live. “Just as long as I can continue to go out there and play at a high level, I’m going to definitely be out there, because it’s a privilege, it’s an honor to be a part of the National Football League, it’s rich tradition and history. I don’t take that for granted. It’s going to be a situation where they’re probably going to have to roll me out of the NFL. I enjoy being in Baltimore. It’s a good situation. They love vets down there. So I’m just looking forward to next season.”

The Ravens released Canty after the 2014 season before re-signing him to a more cap-friendly deal. Whether to keep Canty or not is one of many decisions the Ravens must make in the coming weeks.

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Last season was Canty’s first experience playing for a losing team. Of all the injuries the Ravens suffered last season, Canty said losing linebacker Terrell Suggs in Week 1 was the toughest blow.

“He was our emotional leader, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Canty said of Suggs. “When we lost that, we lost a little bit of our swagger. Things just started to snowball and roll downhill. We just couldn’t find a way to stop it. He would be the guy if we were in situations like that in the past to step in and make the play, or make the speech that was necessary to get us back on the right track.”

Canty plans to help the Ravens get back on the right track next season. We’ll see if the Ravens give him that opportunity.

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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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