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Gillmore misses second practice, could miss game


Gillmore misses second practice, could miss game

OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens will be missing a valuable offensive weapon if tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf) can’t play Thursday night against the Steelers. Gillmore missed practice for the second straight day Tuesday, and he was sidelined during the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Bengals.

Gillmore had not been declared out as of Tuesday night. But talking after practice, Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman sounded like Gillmore missing the game was a definite possibility. If Gillmore does not play, rookies Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle will share the load at tight end.

“We got some young guys playing this week, we know that,” Trestman said. “With Crockett being out, we got some young tight ends that we really love to coach, we love the development that they’re going through right now. We expect them to step up and play well for us.”

With 10 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, Gillmore is the team’s second most productive target this season behind Steve Smith. But Williams has also contributed with five catches for 67 yards, while Boyle has two catches for 19 yards.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh praised Williams and Boyle for showing poise as rookies.

“I thought they both did a really good job (Sunday),” said Harbaugh. “These two guys are not two guys that it’s too big for. Both of these guys ,they love being out there, they just want to make plays. They’re tough, competitive, they’re physical. They kind of remind me of Crockett a year ago. I really like our young tight ends.”

However, neither rookie tight end blocks as well as Gillmore, which could hurt the Ravens’ already struggling running game.

Defensive end Chris Canty (calf) also missed practice Tuesday, as did wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee).

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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.


“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.