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LB Ellerbe key to pass defense

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LB Ellerbe key to pass defense

Among the Ravens’ wounded, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is the most overlooked.

Linebackers Ray Lewis (triceps) is expected to practice as early as Wednesday and Terrell Suggs (biceps) could be out for Sunday’s game at the Washington Redskins.

Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (groin surgery) and Chris Johnson (hamstring) have been out. While Smith’s return doesn't appear imminent, Johnson could work his way back after missing the last two games.

Ellerbe missed his first game of the season in last week’s 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that ended their 15-game home winning streak.

Ellerbe, who has started five games this season, has 4.5 sacks. He went down less than two weeks ago in the second quarter vs. the San Diego Chargers.

He was in pass coverage, went untouched, fell down with a foot and ankle injury and never returned. Ellerbe already has been playing with broken thumbs.

“Dannell Ellerbe is continuing to work, and we anticipate he’s got a chance to get back this week,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We were hopeful for this past game, but it just didn’t work out. We took him right to gameday, and he was unable to go.”

In the Ravens’ first six games, Ellerbe was playing just less than 52% of the defensive snaps. In his four games before his injury in San Diego, Ellerbe played 100% as the defense has improved gradually.

Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, a third-stringer, had his best game since 2001 as he feasted on a Ravens defense that was soft in the middle where Ellerbe would usually drop into coverage.

In particular, tight end Heath Miller had 5 catches for 97 yards – his best game of the season. Batch helped produce five plays of 20 yards or more.

 

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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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