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Dalton officially ruled out for game vs. Steelers


Dalton officially ruled out for game vs. Steelers

With Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (thumb) officially ruled out for Saturday’s playoff game against the Steelers, his career playoff victory total will remain at zero for at least another week. Dalton was having a terrific regular season before his injury (25 touchdown passes, seven interceptions, 106.2 QB rating). However, his career 0-4 playoff mark is his biggest blemish as quarterback, and he wants desperately to eliminate any doubt that the Bengals can win big with him.

Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers will be going for his 16th playoff victory. Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco of the Ravens have identical 10-5 career playoff records. Here are the career playoff records of the starting quarterbacks in this year’s postseason. Teddy Bridgewater of the Vikings, Kirk Cousins of the Redskins, Brian Hoyer of the Texans, and McCarron will be making their playoff debut as starters:

Tom Brady, Patriots – 21-8

Peyton Manning, Broncos - 11-13

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers - 10-5

Russell Wilson, Seahawks - 6-2

Aaron Rodgers, Packers- 6-5

Cam Newton, Panthers - 1-2

Alex Smith, Chiefs – 1-2

Carson Palmer, Cardinals – 0-2

Andy Dalton, Bengals – 0-4

Dalton had the cast removed from his right thumb Monday. The Bengals must hope they can beat the Steelers and give Dalton another week to heal before the divisional round.

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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.