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Melvin, other corners getting good work in Philly

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Melvin, other corners getting good work in Philly

PHILADELPHIA – The Ravens will conclude three days of joint practices with the Eagles on Friday. The workout, starting at 11:30 a.m., is expected to be more like a walkthrough, with both teams saving their bodies for Saturday night’s preseason game in Philadelphia.

Here’s what’s happening:

- Ravens cornerback Rashaan Melvin is getting good work this week:

Melvin could be an important player for the Ravens this season, with Lardarius Webb (hamstring) continuing to miss practice time. Melvin’s toughness, long arms and cover skills make him a candidate to replace Webb in the lineup if necessary.

- The Ravens are using this week for team bonding, not just for practice.

The Ravens didn’t go away for training camp, but they will play five of their first seven games on the road. That includes two trips to the West coast, where the Ravens will twice spend an entire week on the road. Ravens coach John Harbaugh views this trip to Philadelphia as the start of building a road warrior mentality. Players are spending time together and building bonds that Harbaugh believes will make the team closer.

“To me, it’s kind of a practice run,” Harbaugh said. “It’s good for everybody – the video guys, the training guys, the weight room guys – but also coaches and players just get a chance to be away from home and be together and see how we’ll work together. (We have to) just make sure we like each other enough to be on the road together. So far, so good.”

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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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