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Harbaugh says Pitta wants to play, but still faces tough decision

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Harbaugh says Pitta wants to play, but still faces tough decision

OWINGS MILLS – News and notes following Tuesday’s practice. The team will fly Wednesday to Atlanta, ahead of Thursday’s preseason game against the Falcons:

- Dennis Pitta very much wants to play again

That’s the word according to coach John Harbaugh. However, the Ravens officially put Pitta on the PUP list with his hip injury Tuesday, meaning he will miss at least the first six weeks. The veteran tight end faces a difficult decision on whether to retire, or to risk playing after two major hip injuries.

“He’s working really hard in the training room,” Harbaugh said. “He’s in every meeting. As far as I’m concerned as a coach, I think you plan for the worst and you hope for the best. I’m planning on him not being back.  That would be the plan from a football standpoint. I think he’s planning on being back. It will just come down to whether it’s a smart thing to do, and what he wants to do, and really what his family wants to do. And he’s going to get more information I’m sure.

“He really wants to play. He really wants to have a career, have a legacy as a player. But the other part of it is life, quality of life. That’s what he’s trying to figure out right now.”

-  Maxx Williams should be ready for Week 1 

The rookie tight end has been practicing this week wearing a non-contact jersey, due to an undisclosed injury. However, Harbaugh expects Williams to be ready for Week 1 in Denver.

“He’s got an issue that we just can’t get him banged around,” Harbaugh said of Williams. “He’s practicing. Should be there for Denver. Just want to protect him from getting bumped.”

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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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