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NFL issues statement on Ravens' handling of concussion protocol

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NFL issues statement on Ravens' handling of concussion protocol

The NFL has found that the Ravens’ medical staff followed proper procedures during Sunday’s game, after quarterback Matt Schaub struck his head hard against the turf. 

“The Ravens medical staff handled it properly,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, via an email sent Monday to CSN Mid-Atlantic. 

It remained to be seen if a further explanation from the league would be forthcoming. However, questions were raised about exactly what transpired after Schaub clutched his helmet after taking the hit that caused him discomfort. An official helped Schaub rise to his feet, the Ravens called a timeout with 2:29 left in the half, and Schaub remained in the game.

After the game, when asked about the incident by CSN Mid-Atlantic, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Schaub was checked for a concussion by the team’s medical staff and passed their evaluations.

“Our trainer went out right away,” Harbaugh said. “He said he was fine, he was good, he was clear, whatever the test is they gave him. Then we put him through the concussion protocol anyway. He (Schaub) was just screaming he was fine. But our doctors grabbed him, put him through the protocol. He passed.”

At his post-game press conference, Schaub said, “I was fine. “Doctors looked at me, came over and did their necessary tests and everything. Everything checked out fine.”

In Week 11, the NFL investigated a situation involving Rams quarterback Case Keenum, who hit his head hard on the turf late in a game against the Ravens. Neither the NFL concussion spotter in the press box nor the officials stopped the game, although Keenum was obviously wobbly for a few seconds. 

Kennum was diagnosed with a concussion afterward, but the Rams were not disciplined. However, the NFL is under more scrutiny than ever regarding how hits to the head are handled, and the situation involving Schaub on Sunday was another example.

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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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