The Lions were the last NFL team to begin training camp Monday, but they did it without ex-Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.
Instead of hitting the practice field, Ngata has been placed on the active/non-football injury list. NFL Network reported that Ngata was suffering from a minor hamstring injury.
Ngata is eligible to return at anytime during training camp, but it will be interesting to see if Ngata is as durable with the Lions as he was during his nine seasons in Baltimore. Ngata played 135 regular-season games with the Ravens, and at age 31, he may not recover from bumps and bruises as quickly as he once did. After losing defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh (Dolphins) and Nick Fairley (Rams) during free agency, the Lions are counting on Ngata to pick up the slack.
In his final few seasons with the Ravens, Ngata was consistently given some practice days off by coach John Harbaugh to keep Ngata fresh. That’s a practice that Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is familiar with from his days as a Ravens assistant. Expect Caldwell to monitor Ngata’s reps in practices and games closely as well. Ngata won’t help the Lions unless he’s on the field.
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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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