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Rams LB on Flacco injury: 'That's terrible news'


Rams LB on Flacco injury: 'That's terrible news'

BALTIMORE – The St. Louis Rams had no idea that Joe Flacco was hurt, no clue that he had suffered a season-ending ACL injury. They were busy dissecting their own horrible performance.

James Laurinaitis is the Rams’ version of Flacco. He came into the NFL a year after Flacco did, and hasn’t missed a game in seven seasons.

There’s a major difference. Flacco was a major part of six playoff teams in his eight seasons. Laurinatis, St. Louis’ excellent linebacker hasn’t been on a team that’s even been .500 yet.

Laurinatis, who is second only to Chris Long in terms of service was upset when he learned of Flacco’s injury from a reporter. He hadn’t noticed anything amiss.

“I just saw on one play on the last series he got up limping. I thought it was maybe limping in a way where maybe he got stepped on or something,” Laurinatis said.

“I didn’t see that he tore his ACL. You never like to see that with anybody, especially that late in the game like that. That’s terrible news.”

While the talk in the Ravens’ locker room after the game was about Flacco, the Rams, who fell to 4-6 after their third straight loss, it was an emotional day for wide receiver Tavon Austin, who’s from Baltimore.

Austin, like most of the Rams, had a rough day. Late in the first half, he fumbled a punt return, which led to a Justin Tucker field goal at the end of the first half.

Case Keenum threw five passes his way. He caught just one for five yards. He said he was unhappy, but not because he lost in his hometown.

“I’m amped up regardless. I don’t even look at it. The media and everybody put the homecoming in. I don’t look at it as that. I look at it as a regular football game. I don’t boost it up,” Austin said.


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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.