Imagine Ray Rice playing against the Ravens twice this season. You won’t have to imagine if the Browns sign the ex-Raven running back who badly wants a second chance in the NFL
Both Browns coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer say it’s too early to put Rice in Cleveland. However, it’s also interesting that neither Pettine nor Farmer would completely rule out signing Rice, while so many other teams have.
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“I think it’s premature to talk about that (signing Rice),” Pettine said via comments circulated by the Browns on Thursday. “We are comfortable with where are (running backs) room is. We just want to get those (injured) guys back and see what we have. I know a lot of people have connected the dots given his circumstances and ours, but it is too early to talk about it.”
However, the Browns’ first preseason game Thursday night didn’t do anything to squash the Rice-to-Browns rumors. Cleveland averaged just 1.7 yards per rushing attempt while losing to the Redskins, 20-17. Quarterback Johnny Manziel was the Browns’ leading rusher with 14 yards on two carries. Cleveland running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrence West have not been impressive in camp, and rookie Duke Johnson has a hamstring injury.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has already said publicly that he would not block signing Rice for non-football reasons. At the very least, Rice’s availability is something the Browns have to consider.
When Rice was with the Ravens, he regularly hurt the Browns. Now it’s possible Rice may get a chance to help them.
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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