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How long will Pitta need to recover?


How long will Pitta need to recover?

Injuries are part of the game in football, a not-too-fun part of the game. Theyre also a part of training camp, and theres been a bunch in the early days, but one that the Ravens are probably keeping their fingers crossed about is tight end Dennis Pitta
Pitta really had a big season in 2011 but broke a bone in his right hand Monday, had surgery Tuesday -- according to a number of media reports -- and is likely out for the rest of the pre-season. The team is hoping to have him back by the start of the regular season, a Monday night game with the Bengals on Sept. 10 as recovery time is supposed to be four to six weeks.
Coach John Harbaugh said on Tuesday that this is what they expecting before the injury was checked out.
Just kind of what we thought yesterday, as it turns out, Harbaugh said when talking to the media Tuesday. "Well be shooting for the first regular-season game. If its sooner than that, thatd be a bonus, Thats what were shooting for.
Pitta finished with 40 catches last season and played well in the playoffs. Hes a good friend of quarterback Joe Flacco and began getting very busy in the second half of the season plus the post-season.
The continued development of Pitta, along with that of Ed Dickson (54 catches of his own last year) gives Flacco much more to work with, especially with short and mid-range passes. Theres also Ray Rice, who led the team with 76 catches last season, plus the two tight ends, which really could help the Ravens with ball control.
The big question with the injury is how much it will affect Pitta. Hell be out around a month, and hell need to get his timing back and re-connect with Flacco. It will happen sooner rather than later, but its just one of the problems injuries cause in football.

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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.


“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.