Peyton Manning’s challenging journey to another Super Bowl title is a reminder that it’s more important for Joe Flacco to be 100 percent healthy than to rush his return from knee surgery.
There will be progress reports this offseason on Flacco’s timetable, and speculation on whether the Ravens’ starting quarterback will be ready for training camp. But whenever Flacco returns to game action, the Ravens will need him to be confident in his knee, so he can play up to his capabilities.
One of the turning points of the Broncos’ season was when Manning stepped away and missed some games, allowing his foot injury and other maladies to improve. Manning returned a better quarterback, and while he was not the Manning of his prime, he was good enough for the Broncos to make a successful Super Bowl run.
This is the first significant injury of Flacco’s career, and the temptation will be to return as quickly as possible. But the Ravens can’t make a playoff run during training camp, and Flacco has enough experience that if he misses offseason work, it won’t ruin his season.
Re-injuring his knee would be a bigger setback for Flacco than missing training camp, preseason, or even the beginning of the regular season. So don’t get too concerned if Flacco isn’t taking reps this summer. Being healthy in the fall is far more important.
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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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