OWINGS MILLS – Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco continues to be pleased with his recovery from knee surgery, and hopes to be ready for the start of training camp in late July.
“I feel good, I’m getting better and better,” he said Tuesday from the team’s practice facility. “I still feel improvement week to week. We’ve never really set a timeline out, and said I’m going to be back at this point, but I think it’s still going really, really well.
“All I know is I want to be back for training camp, be back for the season and be ready to go, so I’m doing all I can.”
Flacco said he had made noticeable progress over the past three weeks. He has been doing light jogging while wearing a brace on his left knee, and has noticed no setbacks since having surgery four months ago to repair his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments.
“My range of motion is pretty good,” Flacco said. “Obviously as the week goes on it can get a little bit tight here and there. It’s something we constantly work on.
“We do little agilities. It’s not like I’m running full speed and cutting on it. I’ve got a good amount of things I’m allowed to do. I don’t feel like I have to protect it. I’m not a big brace wearer, but I wear it just so I don’t hurt myself. I want to be as cautious as possible, but at the same time, I don’t feel like I have any tentativeness when I’m going out there and doing things, whether it’s in the training room or on the field, jumping up on the boxes, lifting weights.”
Flacco’s main goal is to be 100 percent by Week 1 in September, when the Ravens host the Bills. However, it sounds like Flacco could be back 100 percent much sooner than September.
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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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