When the Ravens hold joint practices against the Eagles in August, coaches John Harbaugh and Chip Kelly could have some interesting dialogue between them.
One topic they discuss could be injuries, and how to avoid them. According to one measure of data, the Eagles have been the healthiest team in the NFL the past two seasons. The Ravens haven’t done badly either, ranking as the league’s third healthiest team the past two years, according to a metric created by Pro Football Outsiders. The website uses a metric called AGL (Adjusted Games Lost), which compiles data from injury reports and injured reserve.
According to AGL, the Ravens were the seventh healthiest team last season, and the ninth healthiest team in 2013. That combination made them the third healthiest over a 24-month span, ranking behind only the Eagles and the Jets.
Unfortunately for the Ravens, most of their serious injuries last season were at one position –cornerback. Jimmy Smith, Asa Jackson, Danny Gorrer, Aaron Ross, and Tramain Jacobs all suffered season-ending injuries last season.
The Ravens pride themselves on being a well-conditioned team, and Harbaugh has praised head athletic trainer Mark Smith for doing a masterful job helping players return quickly from injuries.
However, Harbaugh is always seeking information about the best ways to practice and train. Kelly has received plenty of attention for his belief in sports science. Kelly and Harbaugh obviously relate well enough to agree on joint practices. Avoiding the injury bug may be another topic the two coaches discuss when their teams get together in August.
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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