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Harbaugh rules Smith out for Cleveland

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Harbaugh rules Smith out for Cleveland

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith will not play Week 5 against the Browns due to small fractures in his back, coach John Harbaugh confirmed Saturday.

“I think he’s going to be OK in the long run,” Harbaugh said during a sideline interview with CSN's Lou Holder at Saturday’s Maryland-Michigan game. “He’s got some small microfractures in his back (from) what I’ve been told. They ruled him out for the Cleveland game. But after that, hopefully he’s going to be back.”  

Despite Harbaugh’s hope that Smith would return after the Browns game, his absence will be another challenge for the Ravens (1-3), trying to rally from their 0-3 start. They have been hit hard by injuries at the wide receiver position. Michael Campanaro (herniated disc) was also injured Thursday night against the Steelers and is done for the season. Rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee injury) hasn’t played a snap, and suffered a setback when he aggravated his injury and underwent arthroscopic procedure several days ago.

Those injuries were the catalyst for a trade the Ravens made Saturday, acquiring wide receiver Chris Givens from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

“We’re happy to have him, Harbaugh said of Givens. “He’s going to help us. Good speed guy, got a lot of talent. We’re always looking for more weapons.”

However, Smith (29 catches, 373 yards, two touchdowns) has been the Ravens’ biggest wide receiver weapon by far. For the first time since Smith joined the Ravens in 2014, they will try to win without him.

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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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