OWINGS MILLS – Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta did not participate in minicamp practice Tuesday, standing on the sidelines in shorts and a tee shirt. Coach John Harbaugh said Pitta would not practice until he was medically cleared. It remains uncertain if Pitta will be able to play again following his second major hip injury.
“A couple of things are going to have to happen for him to play, ultimately,” Harbaugh said. “No. 1 he’s going to have to be cleared by the doctors. No. 2, he’s going to have to decide he wants to play, because obviously, there will be some risk involved.
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"The first thing hasn’t happened, he hasn’t been cleared by the docs yet. He has been going through - as you saw before – the individual part of practice. Minicamp, unless you’re cleared, you can’t come out and practice. I don’t know if that’s a rule or a policy, but that’s the way it goes. Until he gets cleared by the doctors, he won’t be able to practice. We’ll just have to see where that goes from here.”
The Ravens prepared for the possibility that Pitta would not return by drafting tight ends Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle this year, to join tight end Crockett Gillmore, who was drafted in 2014. The Ravens are rooting for Pitta, but they are also being realistic.
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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