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Defiant Harbaugh insists Ravens had no role in DeflateGate

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Defiant Harbaugh insists Ravens had no role in DeflateGate

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh never wavered following Wednesday’s practice when answering questions about the Ravens’ role, or non-role in “Deflategate.” He insisted that the Ravens did not tip off the Colts to watch out for the footballs used by the Patriots in the AFC championship game. 

The Ravens had already issued a statement during practice. But Harbaugh ducked no questions, and even asked for more. Harbaugh said any discussion between his staff and Colts head coach Chuck Pagano staff prior to the AFC Championship game had nothing to do with the Patriots allegedly tampering with footballs.

“Any conversation that was had with the Colts had nothing to do with deflated footballs, which is what we’ve been saying from the beginning,”Harbaugh said. 

Harbaugh was asked the text from Ravens kicking consultant Randy Brown to Pagano. Several Ravens coaches are close to Pagano, who was once a member of Harbaugh’s staff in Baltimore. 

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“Those guys talk about that stuff (special teams issues) all the time,” Harbaugh said. “Kicking balls, field conditions, wind, the weather, that’s what those guys talk about. I’m not surprised they talked about that.

“We answered questions directly, honestly, straightforward from the start. And that’s the way we’re going to do it. I haven’t cared at all about deflated footballs, or whether they (the Patriots) did something wrong.”

Harbaugh said he called Pagano on Tuesday night after the report about the Ravens tipping off the Patriots started trending. According to Harbaugh, Pagano said the report was “totally false.”

“I talked to Chuck right away when it happened. He told me that he had not talked to Jerry about it. He said there was no talk about deflated footballs whatsoever.

“I’ll answer any questions you got about it. We’re not running from anything. We’ve been honest from the beginning."

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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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