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Polamalu out; McPhee doubtful


Polamalu out; McPhee doubtful

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is officially out for Sunday’s game against the Ravens, who may have to play for the third game in a row without defensive end Pernell McPhee.

Polamalu was trying to get back after playing just two games this season because of a torn calf muscle, but he hasn’t practiced all week.

McPhee has missed the Ravens’ last two wins against the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders because of a sore knee.

He was optimistic about his chances to play Thursday because he had limited practice without a brace, but McPhee didn’t take the field Friday and is now listed as doubtful for the Steelers game.

Also held out by the Ravens were tackle Terrence Cody (arm) and safety Christian Thompson (thigh). Both are listed as questionable for Sunday.

The only Ravens player who has been declared out is cornerback Jimmy Smith, who had surgery to repair a groin muscle tear Thursday.

Tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), who dressed but didn't play vs. the Raiders, is listed as probable along with 11 other Ravens: Jacoby Jones (toe), Bernard Pollard (ribs), Terrell Suggs (ankle), Courtney Upshaw (shoulder), Bobbie Williams (ankle), Marshal Yanda (ankle), Ed Reed (shoulder/leg/neck), Dannell Ellerbe (thumbs), Sean Considine (knee/chest) and Ray Rice (toe).

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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.