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OL Bobbie Williams likely to play vs. Raiders

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OL Bobbie Williams likely to play vs. Raiders

The outlook for left guard Bobbie Williams appears promising for Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders.

Williams, who has a sore ankle that required surgery last season, was held out of practice for the second day in a row Thursday but isn't favoring it. Coach John Harbaugh anticipated resting Williams so he'll be healthy on game day.

"I expect to be out there," he said Thursday. "I'm just going to keep getting the ankle right, doing what we can. We just going to take it day-to-day."

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), right guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) and defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh) sat out Thursday for the second consecutive pratice too. Ed Reed (shoulder/knee) was upgraded as he had limited participation after not getting on the field Wednesday.

The Ravens' hurry-up offense led by quarterback Joe Flacco has a renewed focus on the run, which means Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce are being more integrated in the play calls.

The duo combined for 32 carries for 124 yards in a 25-15 win at the Cleveland Browns last weekend. It was the most carries for the Ravens all season.

"As offensive linemen, we enjoy it," said Williams, a free-agent acquisition from the Cincinnati Bengals who began starting for the Ravens in Week 6. "Just makes things easier for everybody, for Joe and for us in the fourth quarter. Those defensive linemen over there are tired. It's always a plus."

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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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