Ben Roethlisberger has extra incentive to shed his crutches before Thursday night’s game against the Ravens. No, Roethlisberger won’t be playing. But the Steelers’ quarterback wants to be on the sideline to assist backup quarterback Michael Vick and the Steelers’ offense with suggestions and observations.
So here’s the problem for Roethlisberger. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin does not allow players with crutches on the sideline.
“I’m trying to convince Coach Tomlin to let me be on the sideline,” Roethlisberger told reporters Tuesday. “I’m still negotiating that with him. I guess he has a no-crutch rule on the sideline. So if I can get rid of these, I’ll see what happens.
“That’s my argument with him. I want to be there because I want to be able to communicate with him, with my line. These are my guys that I’ve known for a long time. I’m still going to do everything I can to be a leader, to be out there for them. If I see something, if got to talk to A. B. (Antonio Brown), talk to Le’Veon (Bell), or whoever it is, I want to be there. If I can help Mike in any way, I’d like to do that.”
Roethlisberger’s knee injury will keep him from impacting the game on the field. But he still hopes, to be a voice on the sideline.
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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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