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Nobody knows the troubles the Ravens have seen-- or cares

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Nobody knows the troubles the Ravens have seen-- or cares

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has had to talk about the team's injury problems a lot this week, probably more than he'd like to. But he's been around long enough to know one thing in re the injuries -- other teams won't feel sorry.

"Yeah, we've always said that," Harbaugh said in a press conference earlier this week. "You can complain all you want but nobody cares. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you."

The Houston Texans are not going to take it easy on the Ravens Sunday because they're missing two key players on defense. Why? Well, that's not life in the NFL.

Houston has its own goals to chase and problems to solve. The Texans were embarrassed on national TV last weekend. Green Bay made them look bad. They're going to want to look good this week.

The Ravens? Well, the question now is who's going to come through for them. That's what Harbaugh talked about after saying he knew no one's going to cut them a break.

"It’s an opportunity," he said. "You know the old saying: ‘When one door closes, another door opens,’ right? We’ve all heard that since we were kids, and that’s true. There are going to be opportunities for guys to [step up]."

Harbaugh said Ray Lewis would challenge players by saying "what's your legacy?" Players can determine that by coming through at times when their team needs them or at the right times.

Right now, the Ravens simply need people to step up because of all their injuries. Their schedule won't get any easier, and the opponents won't be any nicer.

"[They have a chance] to determine their destiny a little bit, and it’s going to be fun to see which guys step up," Harbaugh said. "We’ve got some guys who we are excited to see step up.”

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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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