The release of safety Will Hill, who is facing a 10-game suspension from the NFL, was somewhat lost in Ravens news over the past week. The loss of Hill puts more pressure on Lardarius Webb to make a successful transition from cornerback to safety. It puts more importance on safety Eric Weddle’s ability to acclimate himself quickly, after nine seasons with the Chargers.
Hill was someone the Ravens expected to compete for a starting job and at the very least, to be part of the safety rotation on Sundays. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Hill will be missed, but that the Ravens couldn’t wait on him after his fourth suspension in four NFL seasons.
“It was very disappointing,” Harbaugh told reporters at the owners meetings. “It was too bad, because we had really made a commitment to Will and to his future, the fact that he would be able to do things in a way that he could be successful. He was doing that for quite awhile and playing good football for us. It was not a football decision, other than the fact that it was going to cost us too much to wait for him. We still like Will. I still think Will’s got a heck of a future in front of him. He’s just got to organize some things in his life, priority wise. He’s got a family. He’s got a lot to play for. And he’s got a lot of ability. I certainly wish him nothing but the best.”
The Ravens still have plenty of depth at safety with Kendrick Lewis, Terrence Brooks, Anthony Levine, and Nick Perry on the roster. But for the Ravens’ secondary to improve next season, someone will have to step forward as Weddle’s wingman.
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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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