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Eagles' receivers ailing


Eagles' receivers ailing

The Ravens' run defense may get an assist if Eagles receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, both of whom missed practice Thursday, aren't in top form for Sunday's game.

While Andy Reid told CSNPhilly.com that he was optimistic that they'd be on the field for their home opener, he also said "We'll know more (Friday)."

Jackson injured a hamstring in practice Wednesday while Maclin strained a hip flexor in the 17-16 comeback win at the Cleveland Browns last week.

The duo combined for 11 catches 173 and one touchdown.

Because Philadelphia doesn't have much depth at receiver, they re-signed Mardy Gilyard on Tuesday. Gilyard played for the Eagles during the preseason.

Jason Avant, who had been limited with a wrist injury and had four catches for 27 yards last week, has fully participated at practice the past few days.

How could this impact the Ravens?

The run defense wasn't adequate in a 44-13 win vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in their opener. They're deep enough in the secondary to defend a potentially depleted receiver corp and give more support to contain the ground game of Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy.

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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.