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Injuries in secondary could haunt Ravens again

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Injuries in secondary could haunt Ravens again

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Once again, the Ravens are dealing with injuries in their secondary, facing a team capable of exploiting them.

The Ravens have three defensive backs listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against the Cardinals – cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh), safety Kendrick Lewis (knee) and cornerback  Asa Jackson (thigh). Meanwhile, safety Terrence Brooks (thumb) has already been declared out.

If Webb can’t play, Kyle Arrington will likely start at corner opposite Jimmy Smith, with Shareece Wright seeing time at nickel corner. Wright was beaten for two touchdowns Week 6 against the 49ers.

If Lewis doesn’t play, Brynden Trawick and Anthony Levine could both see time at safety opposite Will Hill. But with the continued shuffling in the secondary, the Ravens could be vulnerable to the kind of mistakes in coverage that have already plagued them.

The Ravens may get a break if speedy Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (hamstring) is not 100 percent. But it sounds like the Cardinals expect Brown to play, and he and Larry Fitzgerald have already combined for over 1,000 yards receiving this year.

The coverage breakdowns are a large part of why defensive coordinator Dean Pees’ recent press conferences have been spent lamenting what he sees on tape.

“You give up three big plays (against the 49ers), which is the difference in the game,” Pees said. “Until we quit doing that, it’s going to be the same old story.”

Pees hopes for a different script Monday night against the Cardinals. But injuries in the secondary won’t make getting a win any easier for the Ravens.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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