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Pitta appears OK after concussion


Pitta appears OK after concussion

Dennis Pitta went out with a concussion in Sunday’s game, but he should be available for the Ravens when they play at the San Diego Chargers.

Pitta had a 5-yard reception in the first quarter of a 13-10 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers but didn’t return to the game.

"He was fine. At the end of the game, he showed no symptoms," coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "He is feeling really good today, so he should be fine. But he will have to go through the protocol that we put our guys through. It’s a very strict protocol."

The surprise scratch for the Ravens came along the defensive line when tackle Terrence Cody didn’t dress. He had an elbow injury leading up to the game but it didn’t appear serious.

"We did not think it was going to be an issue. We thought he was going to be fine. The swelling just never came out of it," Harbaugh said. "We went out in pre-game, and we thought he was going to be there. Then I got the bad news, right before we turned in the numbers, from (defensive line coach) Clarence Brooks that just he could not lock out like he needed to hold off the run game. So, that’s why he didn’t go."

After sitting out against the Oakland Raiders a week ago, tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder) came out of the Steelers game relatively healthy. Safety James Ihedigo had a neck strain and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is still having issues with injuries to thumbs on both hands.

Chris Johnson, who was signed last week, played only six snaps before a hamstring strain knocked him out in the second quarter.  Ed Dickson, the other tight end, tweaked his ankle.

Defensive end Pernell McPhee missed his third game in a row with a knee injury. McPhee declared he was 100% last week, something Harbaugh disputes.

"He’s a good guy, and he’s working hard. There was no setback and he’s on schedule," Harbaugh said. "This week is a possibility. Last week –- in all fairness -– was not a possibility."

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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.


“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.