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NFL's inquiry into Reed's injury not a concern

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NFL's inquiry into Reed's injury not a concern

When Ed Reed admitted last week that he was playing with torn cartilage in his shoulder, the NFL launched an investigation.

Reed hadn't been listed on the Ravens' injury report, and coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that the injury is legitimate.

The league is looking at game and practice tape of Reed, who has been present and could be seen practicing during early viewing for media.

"What they'll find with Ed is that he's practiced 100 percent all the time, and he's played in all the games. He hasn't missed any game time because of the injury," Harbaugh said. "So our understanding of the rule has been if they don't miss any time at all according to the injury, then they don't have to be on the injury report. So there are some nuances there."

The NFL fined the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills $20,000 each for violations.

The Bills didn't include Mario Williams on its report even though he had a cast on his wrist. The Redskins downplayed a head injury to Robert Griffin III, who had a concussion but the team labeled him as just "shaken up."

While Harbaugh acknowledges 25-30 players at any given time have some sort of ailments seven games into the season, he doesn't see it as necessary to over-report it. Several Ravens staffers were instrumental in helping write the policy, according to Harbaugh.

"I'm very confident that we understand that rule as well as anybody in the league, and we've kept the injury report very tight. We've kept it to the guys who have to be on the injury report," he said. "Not that we're trying to hide any injuries, but we could do what some other teams do and put a bunch of guys on there. And I'm just as happy to do that. ...

"Whatever they tell us to do, we'll do. We're trying to follow the rules."

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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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