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Harbaugh doesn't think he used F-bomb in spat with Gruden

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Harbaugh doesn't think he used F-bomb in spat with Gruden

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh had a little more to say Monday about his Saturday night confrontation with Redskins coach Jay Gruden. Dropping the F-bomb is something Harbaugh said he tries very hard not to do. Harbaugh said he still didn’t think he used that particular form of foul language.

“For all those lip readers out there that want to write headlines about what was said?” Harbaugh said. “There’s more than one word in the English language that starts with F. And I really make it a point in life not to use that word as much as possible. Not batting 1.000. But trying really hard. And I always remember when I say that. So maybe it was “Fight”. Is that plausible? Maybe it was “Football?” But I’m going to say I’m 99.99% certain it wasn’t the word that it was reported to be, just for the record. 

“But Jay was good with it, I was good with it. When it was all said and done, I was happy that we were able to get it all calmed down.” 

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Harbaugh reiterated he was trying to be a peacemaker during the skirmish that led to the ejection of Redskins wide receiver Steve Smith and Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver.

“It was bad, it was ugly, there were 90 guys on both sidelines,” Harbaugh said.  “Neither one of us wanted that to escalate. Calm for a minute, and then it was about to blow up again, I felt like, and that’s why I went out there. I was moving our guys back and it did calm down. Terry McAulay (referee), he appreciated it, I know that, cause he thanked me for getting it calmed down.”

The skirmish began because some Ravens took exception to the pile-driving tackle that Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson put on wide receiver Kamar Aiken that jammed Aiken’s head into the turf.  

“I was very grateful that Kamar wasn’t hurt,” Harbaugh said. “It was really ugly at the time, in the sense that I just didn’t like the way he landed on his head. When he popped up like that, you breathe a sigh of relief.” 

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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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