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Five ramifications of Steve Smith's season-ending injury

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Five ramifications of Steve Smith's season-ending injury

BALTIMORE – The post-game joy in the Ravens’ locker room Sunday was tempered by the fact that Steve Smith wasn’t part of the celebration.  Smith was already gone, coming to terms with his season-ending Achilles injury that will mean either the end of his career, or a long road back to the field.

Here are five immediate ramifications of Smith’s injury:

1. Tuesday’s trade deadline could become more significant for the Ravens.

Could the Ravens make a deal for a receiver? That possibility should at least be considered, even if it’s not for a big name.  How quickly things change. Up until Sunday, the Ravens were rebuffing trade offers from other teams interested in Smith

Now the Ravens need help at receiver. After Smith injured his back earlier this season, the Ravens traded for wide receiver Chris Givens. We’ll see if Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome acts quickly again.

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2. The bye week will be spent making major offensive adjustments.

Losing Smith presents a significant challenge for the coaching staff, particularly offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. Many of the Ravens’ passing plays involved Smith as the primary target. Without him, Trestman will have to be creative, finding more go-to plays that can be effective for other players.

3. The Ravens will find out more about their other receivers.

Not just wide receivers like Kamar Aiken and Givens, but their tight end group of Crockett Gillmore, Nick Boyle, and Maxx Williams. With Smith out of the picture, opponents can turn even more of their attention toward the Ravens’ other receivers. Who will respond, and who will fade?

4. Joe Flacco has even less margin for error.

Flacco was superb Sunday against the Chargers (25 of 37, 319 yards, one TD, 103.3 passer rating). Without Smith, Flacco may have to play at that level for the Ravens to win.

5. The second half of the season becomes more daunting for the Ravens’ offense.

Think about it. When training camp began, the Ravens expected their top two receivers to be Smith and first-round pick Breshad Perriman. Smith won’t play another snap. Perriman (knee injury) has yet to play a snap. Not what the Ravens had in mind.

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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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