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Jags WR Hurns 'very confident' he'll play vs. Ravens

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Jags WR Hurns 'very confident' he'll play vs. Ravens

Jacksonville receiver Allen Hurns is listed as questionable against the Ravens on Sunday with a foot injury, but the emerging star receiver indicated on Friday that he expects to play.

"Right now, I’m feeling a lot better, so that’s a good sign,” Hurns said, according to the Jaguars Web site. “I haven’t done anything full speed yet, but right now, I’m feeling very confident I’ll be out there."

Hurns was injured against the Jets last week but has not missed a game in his two-year career.

Hurns, who went undrafted out of Miami last year, has 36 catches for 635 yards and six touchdowns. He has caught a touchdown pass in six straight games, a franchise record.

Hurns and Allen Robinson (40-707, 6 TDs) form an impressive receiver duo for the Jaguars that figures to test the Ravens maligned secondary. Both Hurns and Robinson average more than 17 yards a catch, and the Ravens have been susceptible to giving up big plays this season.

The Ravens have given up touchdown passes of 68, 80, 76 and 70 yards this season, with a combination of technique errors and miscommunication proving costly. Overall, the Ravens 29th in passing defense and 29th in yards allowed per pass play (7.89).

"We haven’t eliminated the big plays yet, and we want to stop the big plays," coach John Harbaugh said on Friday. "We don’t need the long passes. If we take those passes out of our opponents’ hands, our defense looks a lot different.”

If Hurns plays, though, the threat of a big play for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars definitely goes up.

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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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