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Flacco prepares to make adjustments without top WR's

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Flacco prepares to make adjustments without top WR's

BALTIMORE - Joe Flacco knows he will make adjustments this week, as he prepares to face the Browns on Sunday without wide receivers Steve Smith and Michael Campanaro. 

Campanaro (back injury) has been placed on injured reserve, while Smith has small fractures in his back that will keep him sidelined at least for the Browns game, if not longer. Both players were injured Thursday night against the Steelers. By the end of the game, the Ravens were down to three healthy wide receivers - Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, and Darren Waller.

"At the end of the game, you could tell that we were losing guys. every play a guy was down,” said Flacco, making an appearance Monday at the Charles Carroll Barrister elementary school in Baltimore, near M&T Bank Stadium. “That’s just part of the league. You to got to deal with it, all that adversity. I think we’re going to be alright. Mike, I just heard about him yesterday. It’s just one of those tough things you have to deal with.”

Smith is the Ravens’ No. 1 receiver, off to a great start this season (29 catches, 373 yards, two touchdowns) at age 36. Flacco did not try to pretend that Smith’s talent and emotion would be easy to replace.

“You can see what he does out there, what he presents for defenses, not only for himself, but I think he opens things up for other guys,” Flacco said. “It will definitely be an adjustment for us. Guys are going to have to step up.”

Asked about wide receiver Chris Givens, who the Ravens acquired in a Saturday trade with the Rams, Flacco said, “I don’t know much about him, but I know he runs well. Just got to get him in there. He’s got to learn the offense so he can help us out as quickly as possible.”

On Monday morning, Flacco was reading to youngsters instead of reading defenses. The Ravens Foundation funded the library renovation at the Charles Carroll Barrister School, and the students were excited to see Flacco, who brought along two of his three young sons, Stephen (three) and Daniel (two).

Both Flacco and Ravens team president Dick Cass encouraged the children to keep reading. Meanwhile, Flacco, Givens, and the healthy Ravens receivers will try to get on the same page for Sunday. 

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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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