Has left tackle Eugene Monroe played his last game with the Ravens?
That question was being asked after the team officially placed Monroe on injured reserve Saturday, ending another injury-plagued season for him. Monroe, who also had a concussion this season, started just six games and finished just three. Over the past two seasons, Monroe will have missed 17 of 34 regular season or playoff games.
That was not what the Ravens expected when they signed Monroe to a five-year, $37.5 million contract in 2014. However, cutting the 28-year-old Monroe before the draft would create more than $6 million in dead money on the Ravens’ salary cap. Trading Monroe could be another option, but the Ravens may also lose left guard Kelechi Osemele, who will be a free agent after the season. Do the Ravens want to lose both Monroe and Osemele and have an entirely new left side of the offensive line?
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Clearly, the Ravens have to look hard at their last tackle position during the offseason. If they keep Monroe, they need to get more from him next season. If they don’t keep Monroe, they need to acquire a left tackle via trade, the draft, or free agency, because James Hurst has also struggled at times as a starting left tackle.
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.”
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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