Bernard Pollard set the tone early for the Ravens, but what he calls "friendly fire" ended his Sunday early.
He promises, however, that he'll be in uniform for their home game vs. the New England Patriots next Sunday.
"I'm playing. I'll tell you that right now," Pollard said as he pointed to his left rib cage. "But I will never, ever play another game without rib protector. Something is just sitting in my lungs right now. I can't breathe."
Pollard intercepted Michael Vick in the end zone on the Eagles' first drive. He separated tight end Brent Celek from his senses with a bone-jarring hit across the middle.
And then he sacked Vick for a seven-yard loss that forced the Eagles to punt to start the second quarter. Pollard struggled to get off the field.
He wouldn't return.
"I love going out there and battling with my boys. To have to watch from the sideline just hurts," said Pollard, who could be seen working with athletic trainers on the sideline. "I tried to come back.
"The body said 'No.' When the body say 'No' you've got to shut that thing down."
The Ravens took a heart-breaking loss to the Eagles, but Pollard could find time to smile as he called out rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw in the locker room. It was his helmet that struck Pollard.
"That's who it is," Pollard said, laughing as Upshaw smiled back. The rookie was impressive in his first start. "We've got guys pursuing. We're trying to make plays."
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.”
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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