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Offensive linemen grade out flawlessly in opener

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Offensive linemen grade out flawlessly in opener

Looking back at last week's preseason opener vs. the Atlanta Falcons, right tackle Michael Oher and right guard Marshal Yanda are the only Ravens to finish with a perfect score.

Still, it wasn't pretty for the first unit even though the Ravens came back to win that game 31-17. They face the Detroit Lions in a home game Friday at M&T Bank Stadium.

"No one played poorly the entire game and everybody had at least one mistake," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. "Michael Oher ... and Marshal Yanda, those two rated out at 100 percent in their 21 plays."

Left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who didn't start against the Falcons, is back in the top spot on the depth chart.

"We're just rotating everybody. We don't have a first unit right now," Cameron said. "We have played him some at tight end ... We're not where we want to be. But, we might be in some ways further along than we have been in the last four years."

Rookie center Gino Gradowski also started vs. the Falcons ahead of veteran Matt Birk, who also is No. 1 on the depth chart.

Cameron expects a lineup decision to be made with coach John Harbaugh by Wednesday.

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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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