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QB Dixon may be on practice squad

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QB Dixon may be on practice squad

Several media reports today are saying that the Ravens have signed former Pittsburgh back-up quarterback Dennis Dixon to the practice squad.
The Baltimore Sun and the teams web site are both saying that Dixon will be one of the players on the practice squad for this season. Dixon has been a back-up throughout his career with the Steelers.
He played in three games from 2008-2010 and threw one touchdown with two interceptions.
Ironically, the game thats probably his best NFL performance came against the Ravens in 2009. In Baltimore, Dixon completed 12 of 26 for 145 yards with one touchdown and one interceptions as the Ravens edged the Steelers, 20-17.
Dixon was intercepted by Paul Kruger in overtime, and that set up the game-winning field goal that night.
The Ravens had to deal throughout the pre-season with the questions of who would win the No. 2 quarterbacks job and also whether or not theyd keep three quarterbacks on the team this year. Last year, they went with two.
But the Ravens brought in Curtis Painter to battle with Tyrod Taylor, last years back-up, to go for that job. Painter did well at times, but Taylor beat him out for the No. 2 job.
The Ravens then cut Painter, a former back-up to Peyton Manning with the Colts, on Friday. That left them with two quarterbacks only on the roster. Putting Dixon on the practice squad will give the team some help in case Flacco or Taylor goes down. Theyd have a quarterback they can go right to who will be working with the team and learning the system.
Dixons been in the NFL since 2008, so he understands the way the world works in pro football. Hes a good quarterback to have in a back-up role.

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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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