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News and notes: Lengthy injury list

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News and notes: Lengthy injury list

OWINGS MILLS – News and notes from the Saturday afternoon’s Ravens training camp practice:

- It was a long practice, lasting from 4-7, but coach John Harbaugh was pleased with the intensity, especially from the defense. 

- Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith missed practice due to a personal matter, Harbaugh said.

Here’s the lengthy injury list that Harbaugh ran through:

  •  Defensive end Brent Urban will undergo surgery on his torn biceps, and the recovery time is expected to be 12 to 14 weeks. Harbaugh said the team would decide whether to place Urban or safety Matt Elam (torn biceps) on the injured list for the season, or on the injured list designated to return. Urban also missed all of his rookie season in 2014 due to a serious knee injury during camp.

“It’s a bug-a-boo for him that he’s going to have to overcome,” Harbaugh said. “Knowing this guy, he’s going to fight like crazy to do it. In terms of the long future of is career… he’s going to have to stay healthy.”

  • Kelechi Osemele (foot) started practice, but didn’t feel quite right so he stopped.
  •  Maxx Williams, who got poked in the eye Thursday, went inside to have his eye dialated and did not finish practice.
  •  Marlon Brown’s back is “clearing up” according to Harbaugh, who anticipated Brown returning next week.
  •  Harbaugh said rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) was “getting closer”, but Perriman has now missed eight consecutive practices. Yet, Harbaugh did not rule out Perriman playing Thursday night in the preseason opener against the Saints.
  •  Cornerback Kamar Aiken was given the day off due to fatigue.
  •  Right guard Marshal Yanda and cornerback Jimmy Smith were given a veteran’s day off.
  •  Offensive linemen John Urschel and Robert Myers both have concussions.
  • Cornerback Tray Walker (hamstring) is still trying to work his way back.

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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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