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Clausen faces tall order in first Ravens start

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Clausen faces tall order in first Ravens start

BALTIMORE -- Jimmy Clausen already faced a tall order taking over as the Ravens starting quarterback less than three weeks after joining the team. Facing a tenacious Seahawks defense made the task that much tougher. Still, reviews of Clausen were somewhat positive considering the Ravens failed to reach the end zone and were trounced, 35-6, at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.

The loss drops the Ravens to 4-9 and clinches the first losing season in coach John Harbaugh’s eight-year tenure.

Clausen, signed by the Ravens on Nov. 24 after being cut by the Bears, was pressed into starting duty because Matt Schaub was sidelined with chest and shoulder injuries after taking a pounding at Miami last Sunday.

Clausen was making the 13th start of his career, though just the third since 2010. He finished 23-for-40 for 274 yards, a career-high, and was intercepted once.

“I thought he made some good throws. (There were) probably some throws that he would want back,” Harbaugh said. “But going in there, in that situation, and to be under fire like that, against the defense we were playing, it speaks very well for him.”

Clausen hooked up with rookie Daniel Brown on a 31-yard pass on the Ravens opening series, and totaled 58 yards on back-to-back throws to Kamar Aiken in the final minute of the first half to set up a field goal.

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But for the second time this year against Seattle, Clausen could not direct a touchdown drive. His only other start this season, with Chicago, also came against Seattle in a 26-0 loss. Clausen was 9-for-17 for 63 yards in that game. He is now 1-12 as an NFL starter, with 10 of those starts coming as a rookie with Carolina in 2010.

“I wish I could have had some throws back today, and I’ll watch the tape and just get better,” Clausen said “Like Coach said, you know, just each and every day, just work a little bit harder and get better.”

“He was phenomenal in the huddle,” left tackle Kelechi Osemele said. “He really commanded presence in there. He made eye contact with pretty much everybody on every play. (He was) good on the checks. I think he did a great job with only being here a few weeks and getting thrown in there. … I think he handled it really well.”

Did Clausen do enough to warrant starting again next week against Kansas City, even if Schaub is healthy?

Harbaugh was not ready to speculate. “I don’t know right now,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see. We’ll evaluate it going forward.”

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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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