Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil spent Saturday having his No. 58 jersey honored by the University of Louisville. During the Cardinals’ 41-17 victory over Syracuse, Dumervil was brought onto the field during a timeout, and saw his name unveiled on the façade of the upper deck of the stadium. Dumervil joined other former Louisville players in the school’s ring of honor that includes Johnny Unitas, Tom Jackson, and Deion Branch.
Dumervil still holds two school records set in 2005 – most sacks in a game (six), and most sacks in a season (20 ½).
“It’s an honor,” Dumervil told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “Great company, tremendous players. To be a part of that, (I’m) truly grateful.”
When Dumervil returns from the bye week, his focus will return to helping the Ravens (2-6) try to win games. With the Ravens losing outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles injury) in the first game of the season, this has been a trying season for Dumervil who has just 2 ½ sacks. Opponents have been able to double-team Dumervil more without having to worry about Suggs, and Dumervil has also been forced to play more snaps.
The Ravens have been looking for ways during the bye week to help Dumervil do what he does best: rush the passer.
“We all recognize that 55 reps is different than 35 reps for a guy that’s a pass rusher, especially a high-effort pass rusher,” said Ravens linebacker coach Ted Monachino. “We’ve got to continue to find ways to get Elvis singled, and when we can, he has to take advantage of those opportunities.”
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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.”
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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