A tough season for many AFC North quarterbacks continued Tuesday, when the Browns announced that Josh McCown suffered a season-ending broken collarbone against the Ravens on Monday night.
McCown’s injury reopens the Browns’ quarterback debate. Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was demoted to No. 3 quarterback prior to the Ravens’ game, after pictures of him partying during the Browns’ bye week surfaced on social media. After McCown was injured Monday, Browns coach Mike Pettine stuck to his decision and played Austin Davis the rest of the game, not Manziel.
Pettine told reporters Tuesday he was not ready to name a starter. For what it’s worth, my vote is for Manziel. Pettine has made his point, that Manziel’s off-field transgressions won’t be tolerated. But the Browns need to use December to evaluate Manziel. They can’t do that thoroughly unless Manziel is playing.
Meanwhile, McCown joins Joe Flacco of the Ravens (torn MCL and ACL) on the sideline until next season. As for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, he was in the NFL’s concussion protocol Tuesday according to his coach, Mike Tomlin. Roethlisberger took a hit to the head Sunday against the Seahawks, and he has already missed four games earlier this season with a knee injury.
Andy Dalton of the Bengals is the only AFC North starting quarterback who has been able to stay healthy. That’s one reason why the Bengals (9-2) are running away with the division, with a chance for a first-round bye.
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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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