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D. Reed: "I'm ready to go"

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D. Reed: "I'm ready to go"

Ravens kick returner David Reed returned to practice this week more than 10 months after tearing an ACL, giving the team an emotional lift and also starting the clock on a roster decision.

Reed, who began the season on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list while recovering from knee surgery, can practice for up to three weeks, after which the team must either add him to the active roster, cut him, or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

“They got a tough decision," Reed said. "I’m feeling really good. I feel better than I did last year, so whatever happens, happens."

Reed was jumpy at his locker on Wednesday, saying he couldn't wait to put on shoulder pads again.

"I'm ready to go," Reed said before Wednesday's practice, which was to be his first since he crumpled to the ground against Cleveland on Christmas Eve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

“I’m going to do as much as I can. I’m going to try to do everything, until they pull me out.”

Reed said his rehab had plenty of ups and downs, and he drew motivation from cornerback Lardarius Webb, who was recoving from ACL surgery when Reed was a rookie. (Now Webb is doing it all over again.)

"That’s what I used to keep in the back of my head every day," Reed said, " ‘I gotta get back to where Webb was. If Webb can do it, I can do it.’”

Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said at his weekly session with the media on Thursday that "we were all uplifted" by Reed's return to the practice field.

"We all know how much David enjoys football," Rosburg said. "He got an ovation at the meeting, and it was exciting for everybody to see David back out here."

Reed, a fifth-round draft pick out of Utah in 2010, was the Ravens starting kick returner last year before losing the job for about a month after fumbling three times in a span of two games. He also saw limited action at wide receiver last season but has no NFL receptions.

Reed finished last season with an average of 29.7 yards on 18 kickoff returns. As a rookie, he led the league with 29.3 yards a return, including a 103-yard touchdown against Houston.

But will he get that role back?

Jacoby Jones, who took over the kick return duties from rookie Deonte Thompson, is averaging 33.5 yards on 13 returns, including a franchise-record 108-yard touchdown.

"Of course I want to be back there (returning kicks)," Reed said, "but Jacoby’s been doing a great job at it, and I can’t take nothing away from him. Hopefully I can just come in and add on to that and maybe we can both do it.”

 

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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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