Colts defensive lineman Arthur Jones is another ex-Raven struggling to find the same success he enjoyed in Baltimore.
After leaving the Ravens and signing a five-year, $33 million contract, Jones was hurt most of last season and was not the player the Colts expected. In the Colts’ 45-7 loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, Jones was part of a defensive line that was pushed around. The Patriots averaged 4.4 yards per carry and had 14 rushing first downs.
Jones said a high-ankle sprain lingered throughout the season.
“I was never the same,” Jones told the Indianapolis Star. “I didn’t have that explosiveness, and that push-off and drive off my ankle.”
The Colts believe Jones is still an impact player if healthy.
“We know we need him out there for 16 weeks,” said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. “He’s a difference maker.”
The Colts don’t play the Ravens during the regular season, but both teams made the playoffs last season and consider themselves contenders again in the AFC. Jones is still with a good team, but wants to prove he is still a good player. However, the Ravens’ decision to let Jones walk during free agency last year looks like another smart move.
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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