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Pees: Babin wasn't an option last week

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Pees: Babin wasn't an option last week

As Derek Carr carved up the Ravens last week with virtually no pass pressure from the Ravens, the team's decision not to activate newly signed linebacker Jason Babin seemed questionable at best.

But on Thursday, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees explained that Babin, signed just four days before the Raiders game, simply wasn't ready.

"He didn’t learn the defense, and it’s hard to throw him in there last week when he just got there," Pees said at his weekly news conference. "You’d hate to put him in there and be in a situation where you call a defense, and he doesn’t know what to do. That’s not fair to him."

The Ravens stressed that Babin appeared to be in good physical shape when they signed him after spending the preseason with the New York Jets. So now it's just a matter of getting on the right page with the Ravens.

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Pees said that Babin has been working closely with linebackers coach Ted Monachino to get up to speed.

"He has been in all the meetings now for a week. He’s a smart guy. He has been around football a lot. He’s certainly getting there with our scheme, I think," Pees said.

The Ravens surely could use it.

Babin, who had 18 sacks with the Eagles in 2011, was signed after the Ravens lost Terrell Suggs for the season with a torn Achilles. But the pass rush in the first post-Suggs game was abysmal. The Ravens, who sacked Peyton Manning four times in Week 1, technically recorded one sack, for 0 yards, against the Raiders. But far more often, Carr rolled out or waited patiently in the pocket for a receiver to come free.

None of the starting outside linebackers -- Suggs, Elvis Dumervil or Courtney Upshaw -- has recorded a sack.

On Wednesday, Harbaugh said that deciding which seven players to deactivate each Sunday in trimming the roster from 53 to the game-day 46 is tricky.

"You have to decide where you want to be strong and where you’re willing to be a little bit undermanned," Harbaugh said. "That’s really what it is on a 46-man roster. So, that’s what we’ll have to determine this week. We like Jason; we’d like to have him up, and hopefully we can get him 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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