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Rainey hangs on for big chance

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Rainey hangs on for big chance

Bobby Rainey knew that making it in the NFL wouldn't be easy, but the undrafted rookie running back still was in for a major surprise.

He'd made the cut for the Ravens' 53-man roster just before the season as the No. 3 running back behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, but just before the opener against the Cincinnati Bengals he received bad news.

Rainey was cut to make room for Anthony Allen, who he initially beat out. Allen, however, is a valuable special teams player who came back into the picture after the Ravens lost Emmanuel Cook to a broken leg late in the preseason. Allen proved his value in a 31-29 win vs. the Dallas Cowboys last week, making a key block to spring Jacoby Jones for an NFL record-tying 108-yard kickoff return.

"I basically come back in with a chip on my shoulder again. Once I was up I felt great about that, then I went down. That was a terrible feeling," Rainey said as he recalled that conversation with coach John Harbaugh. "It was a whole different perspective of how this league is. Even though I've heard it a lot coming into the league it's different when you have to experience it."

Rainey cleared waivers and was signed to Baltimore's practice squad. After cornerback Lardarius Webb (knee) was put on injured reserve earlier this week, Rainey is on the 53-man roster for the first time this season.

He had interest from other teams, but Rainey wanted to remain in Baltimore. The feeling was mutual as Harbaugh convinced him to stick around.

"He told me after that had happened to stick it out, continue what you doing," said Rainey, who would play special teams and as a third-down back if he's activated for Sunday's game at the Houston Texans. "I told him I didn't want to go nowhere but its hard when you go through the process though and then coming out knowing you have options to go somewhere else. It was just a difficult situation for me."

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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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