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Is McKinnie gone?

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Is McKinnie gone?

Bryant McKinnie,projected to be the Ravens starter at left tackle when the season beginsMonday, could be released today as he and the Ravens are locked in a contractdispute that has not been resolved, according to multiple reports.McKinnie tweetedon Tuesday morning: "Decision is made! I'm gone!"WNST Radio andthe Baltimore Sun both reported that McKinnie told them via text message thathe is no longer on the team. But NFL Network'sAlbert Breer tweeted: "Ok. Another text from McKinnie: "'Not officiallyover yet just got a call.' "McKinnie, whoturns 33 later this month, received a 500,000 roster bonus in March and wasdue to receive a base salary of 3.2 million. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported that the Ravens have asked McKinnie to take a 50 percent pay cut, which McKinnie would not agree to.
McKinnie reported to trainingcamp late and then ran with the second team for the first few weeks as herworked back into shape. He made his first start of the preseason in the thirdgame against Jacksonville. McKinnie, aformer first-round draft pick by Minnesota out of Miami, played nine seasonswith the Vikings. But he was released last August -- reportedly conditioningwas a factor -- and the Ravens signed himto a two-year deal. He started every game for the Ravens last year at lefttackle.McKinnie has alsofaced some financial troubles as well. He is to have 50 percent of his wagesgarnished by the Ravens this season as part of a settlement over loans hetook out during the NFL lockout last year.If McKinnie isgone, Michael Oher would likely move from right tackle back to the left side,with rookie Kelechi Osemele the likely starter at right tackle.Ravens coach JohnHarbaugh is expected to address the media at 4 p.m. in a previously schedulednews conference.

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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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