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Eugene Monroe returns to practice, but others absent

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Eugene Monroe returns to practice, but others absent

OWINGS MILLS –Starting left tackle Eugene Monroe was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, and sounded ready to return from his concussion. Monroe has missed virtually the entire season, after being injured on the first offensive series Week 1 against the Broncos.

“I went out today in practice, felt great, like I didn’t miss a beat,” said Monroe.

The outlook was not as sunny for some other injured Ravens. Wide receiver Steve Smith (back), wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee), tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf), defensive end Chris Canty (calf), and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro all missed practice Wednesday. Starting right guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) was listed as a limited participant.

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Gillmore did not play against the Steelers last week, Canty has missed the last two games, and Smith suffered micro fractures in his back during the Steelers game.

Monroe’s return could give quarterback Joe Flacco a little more security on his blindside. James Hurst has started in Monroe’s place, but Hurst has struggled at times with quicker pass rushers.

Monroe has been nagged by injuries since late last season, and hoped that trend was over.

“You can’t really control being injured,” Monroe said. “I had some things happen that were just unfortunate, both last year and this year. I’m healthy now, preparing for this game on Sunday. That’s all that matters.” 

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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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