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Injury update: Gillmore, Canty have “chance” to play Sunday

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Injury update: Gillmore, Canty have “chance” to play Sunday

OWINGS MILLS - With injuries to Steve Smith (back), Michael Campanaro (back), and Breshad Perriman depleting the Ravens’ receiving corps, coach John Harbaugh gave a number of injury updates during his Monday press conference.

Harbaugh said that tight end Crockett Gillmore and defensive end Chris Canty both had a “chance" to play Sunday against the Browns. Gillmore and Canty both missed last week’s game against the Steelers due to calf injuries.

Over the weekend, Harbaugh said that Smith wouldn’t play against the Browns. Asked about Smith again Monday, Harbaugh said, “Nothing has really changed. He’s week to week.

“He had a tough injury. Steve’s a tough guy. He’ll be back as soon as he can.”

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Harbaugh suspected Smith might return quickly despite having micro-fractures in his back, suffered during the Steelers game. 

“The back is a funny thing,” Harbaugh. “You got to feel pretty good in the backbone to perform at a high level. We’re never going to put him out there if he’s not capable of really functioning. Now knowing Steve? He’ll want to be out there. He’s probably got one of the all-time high pain tolerances that you’re ever going to see. He’s on the Hall of Fame with pain tolerance. That’s what our doctors told me. That’s quite a compliment.”

Regarding Perriman, Harbaugh went into a little more detail about the knee injury that has sidelined the Ravens’ first-round pick since training camp. Perriman had an arthroscopic procedure done by Dr. James Andrews last week, but Harbaugh refused to characterize that procedure as a setback. Perriman did not practice last Monday and Tuesday, after practicing for two straight days.

“He’s been working (with) a strained PCL since Day 1,” Harbaugh said of Perriman. “There was no new injury involved. It’s just a slow healing-deal. He’s probably had one of the all-time slowest-healing sprained MCL’s, or PCL’s ever. That’s nothing against him. It’s just the way that is is. It’s tough.’

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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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