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Offensive linemen Osemele, Monroe doubtful vs. Browns

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Offensive linemen Osemele, Monroe doubtful vs. Browns

OWINGS MILLS – Making his first start for the Ravens, quarterback Matt Schaub may be playing behind an injury-depleted offensive line Monday night in Cleveland against the Browns.

Both left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder) and left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee) were listed as doubtful on Saturday’s injury report, as was wide receiver Marlon Brown (back) and tight end Chase Ford (shoulder). Ravens cornerback Shareece Wright (back) was listed as questionable.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh did not rule out either Monroe or Osemele, even though neither player practiced all week.

“Just get them to Monday night, we have an extra day, see how they’re doing,” Harbaugh said. “If they can play, they will. That’s the kind of guys they are. If they can’t, the next guys are ready to play. I think it’s a cohesive group, I’m not too worried about the O-line at all. We have depth, and no matter who is playing is going to play really well.”

John Urschel started at center in place of Zuttah against the Rams, and James Hurst (left tackle) and Ryan Jensen (left guard) are expected to start Monday if Monroe and Osemele cannot.

Even if Schaub is forced to play without three-fifths of the Ravens’ normal starting offensive line, coach John Harbaugh insists expectations should not change. The Ravens (3-7) will be trying to win two straight for the first time all season, against a Browns (2-8) team that won in Baltimore in October.

“We want to go win a football game,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a fight out there. We’re not sitting there saying, ‘Oh, I wonder what everybody thinks about me.’ We’re not in seventh grade here. I wonder what they think of me? What are they texting about us? What does Snapchat say? I have a daughter in eighth grade. There are a lot of bullies in the cyber world, right? We don’t care what they think.”

For the Browns, cornerback Joe Haden, and wide receivers Taylor Gabriel and Andre Hawkins were listed as out with concussions, along with defensive end Randy Starks (knee). Guard Joel Bitonio (ankle) and linebacker Nate Orchard (groin) were questionable. Starting quarterback Josh McCown (ribs) was probable, as was third-string quarterback Johnny Manziel (elbow) and cornerback Donte Whitner (concussion).

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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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