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Clausen continues to prepare, as Schaub misses another practice


Clausen continues to prepare, as Schaub misses another practice

OWINGS MILLS – If Jimmy Clausen starts at quarterback Sunday for the Ravens, he hopes it goes better than his last start against the Seahawks.

Clausen started Week 3 against Seattle when he was still a member of the Bears, replacing an injured Jay Cutler. It was not a good day for Clausen. He completed nine of 17 passes for a paltry 63 yards, and the Bears were shutout at home, 26-0. All 10 Bears’ possessions that day ended with a punt.

Clausen may get another opportunity Sunday when the Ravens host the Seahawks at 1 p.m. Starting quarterback Matt Schaub (chest) missed his second consecutive practice Thursday, leaving Clausen to take the starting reps again. If Clausen gets the call Sunday, he believes he will be prepared.

“The biggest thing being a backup quarterback is that you have to stay ready and prepared like you are going to start,” Clausen said Wednesday. “I’m getting more comfortable each and every day. The more you can speak the language, the easier it is to call the play, to get in the huddle, get to the line of scrimmage, making checks, do what you need to do at the line of scrimmage and run the play.

“Losing (to Seattle) doesn’t help, but just going in there preparing for them, practicing all week to get ready for them, I think it’s definitely going to help if I have to go in there.”

If Clausen plays, he knows a steady performance could help solidify a roster spot for next season, either with the Ravens or elsewhere.

“Every single day is another job interview,” Clausen said. “You’ve got coaches, GM’s, and scouts watching practice tape, watching game tape. You’ve always got an eye on you.”

[RELATED: Ravens drop another close one to Miami]

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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.


“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.