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Lighter Kemoeatu still packs a punch

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Lighter Kemoeatu still packs a punch

When the Ravenssigned nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu inMay, he was viewed as a depth acquisition in the defensive line and the signinggenerated few headlines. But after the team's open practice in Annapolis onSunday, coach John Harbaugh said that Kemoeatu is in the running for a startingjob, which would be quite the resurgence for a player whose career appeared tobe over a year ago."I wouldsay Kemo is pushing for a starting job," Harbaugh said in Annapolis,adding that, "Hes in great shape, and hes played extremely well."Kemoeatu, 33,spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Ravens after theysigned him as an undrafted free agent out of Utah in 2002. Kemoeatu appeared inall but three games over four seasons with the Ravens from 2002-05 and startedevery game of the 2005 season, when he finished with a career-high 70 tackles. He parlayed thateffort into a five-year, 27 million deal with the Panthers as an unrestricted freeagent, but his time in Carolina ended with an Achilles tendon injury in 2009.He played with the Redskins in 2010, starting 12 games, but that season was cutshort by a shoulder injury, and he was released by the Redskins before the 2011season. Out of footballlast year, Kemoeatu's weight ballooned to 415 pounds, but according toBaltimoreRavens.com, Kemoeatu dropped 70 pounds just to earn a look from theRavens this past offseason. He's listed at 6-foot-5 and 345 pouns on the Ravensofficial roster.Now playing thepart of run-stuffer that he's played well in the past, Kemoeatu is pushingTerrence Cody for a starting spot and ran with the first unit at times duringthe open practice at Navy on Sunday.Cody startedevery game last season, but suddenly he can see a threat to his spot as thestarter. Cody and Kemoeatu were credited with one tackle each in the preseasonopener at Atlanta.Harbaugh mustlove this competition, for it will bring out the best in both players. Thebattle for the starting job will continue at camp this week, and then againwhen the Ravens host Detroit in the preseason home opener on Friday night.

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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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