Now that the Ravens are having issues protecting quarterback Joe Flacco, will there be changes heading into Sunday's home game vs. the Dallas Cowboys or the near future?
It last week's 9-6 struggle vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, it marked the second time this season Flacco had been sacked four times in a game. Rookie Kelechi Osemele has been starting at right tackle and virtual rookie Ramon Harewood, in his third year after two injury-plagued seasons, is at left guard.
Former starting left tackle Bryant McKinnie believes it's a matter of time before he gets the call for his old job.
"I'm ready to get back. I will be back at a certain point. Just don't know exactly when," said McKinnie, who was replaced by Michael Oher after he was moved from right tackle to create room for Osemele.
McKinnie was demoted during training camp, taking snaps mostly with the second unit after he reported late and wasn't in top shape. A week before the season-opener, the Ravens threatened to cut him unless he restructured his contract. McKinnie almost left, but a deal was worked out in the 11th hour.
"Bryant's ready to play right now. Circumstances dictate a lot of things sometimes," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday.
This is McKinnie's 11th season after spending the first nine with the Minnesota Vikings.
"This is the first time I've ever had a break since I got in the league. I jumped in and went straight ahead, never really missed any games," he said. "It does seem weird being on the sideline not really contributing as much. I'm just playing my part right now. Better believe when I get back in there I'm going to show you all what you've been missing."
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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