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QB Clausen getting practice reps with Schaub banged up

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QB Clausen getting practice reps with Schaub banged up

OWINGS MILLS – As if the Ravens don’t have enough issues, their injury situation seems to be getting worse, not better. Six starters were not on the practice field Wednesday – quarterback Matt Schaub, linebacker Elvis Dumervil, left tackle Eugene Monroe, tight end Crockett Gillmore, right tackle Rick Wagner, and nose tackle Brandon Williams.

Backup wide receiver Marlon Brown was also missing.

Coach John Harbaugh maintained that Schaub could be the starting quarterback Sunday against the Seahawks. However, Schaub was hit repeatedly during Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, and backup Jimmy Clausen was slated to take most of the practice reps this week. Harbaugh left the door open that Clausen could play.

“We’re not going to practice him (Schaub) too much here early in the week,” Harbaugh said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “It’s good to get Jimmy the reps anyway. Jimmy needs the reps more than Matt does, but if Matt can go, he will. Matt is tough, he showed that in the game. He’s tough as nails, and I wouldn’t be shocked if we see him play. Maybe we’ll play them both. We’ll just see how it goes.”

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Tight end Maxx Williams (concussion) was on the practice field wearing a non-contact jersey, but Harbaugh hoped Williams would be cleared to play by Sunday. Brown has a back injury and was not active against the Dolphins.

As for other injuries:

- It’s possible that Monroe (shoulder) may not play the rest of the year, depending on results of an MRI this week.

- Gillmore left the Dolphins game with a back injury. Harbaugh said Monday that Gillmore might be able to return Sunday.

- Dumervil, Wagner, and Williams all played Sunday, and more information on their specific injuries would come when Wednesday’s injury report was released.

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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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