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Flacco takes to Facebook to send message to fans

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Flacco takes to Facebook to send message to fans

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco wrote on his official Facebook account Wednesday to assure fans he was doing fine, and expected to be “good as new” after his upcoming knee surgery.

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I want to thank everyone who expressed their concern and sent their well wishes, they are greatly appreciated. I also...

Posted by Joe Flacco on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

“I want to thank everyone who expressed their concern and sent their well wishes, they are greatly appreciated,” Flacco wrote. “I also want to let everyone know that I am doing well and with help from modern medicine, combined with old-fashioned hard work, I should be good as new. I’d like to wish you and yours all the best through the holiday season and into the new year – Joe.”

Doctors are waiting for the swelling to go down before performing surgery on Flacco’s torn ACL and MCL. The hope is that Flacco will recover in time to start training camp next summer.

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“Most guys come back from those things pretty well,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said last week. “He’s certainly going to have plenty enough athleticism, even if there is a little drop-off there. The way technology is, guys back bounce from these things really well. I have every expectation that he’ll bounce back 100 percent and be stronger than ever and be ready to roll next year.”

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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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