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Ravens blow late lead, lose to Browns in OT

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Ravens blow late lead, lose to Browns in OT

BALTIMORE -- Five things we learned watching the Ravens (1-4) lose 33-30 to the Browns, a stunning defeat for them at M&T Bank Stadium:

1. The Ravens have never been in this kind of October trouble under coach John Harbaugh

Welcome to the AFC North basement. The Ravens are injury riddled, and their next two games are out West against the 49ers and the Cardinals. Things could get worse before they get better. Think about it. The Ravens still haven’t won a home game yet. They had not lost to the Browns since 2007. Things that never happened to the Ravens since Harbuugh and quarterback Joe Flacco arrived in 2008 have happened this year. The forecast for the Ravens right now looks very bleak.

2. Ravens injuries are a huge concern

The list of Ravens injuries that were announced included outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (groin), cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh), cornerback Will Davis (knee), and wide receiver Darren Waller (concussion). Ravens running back Justin Forsett , who had 121 yards rushing, Webb remained in uniform on the sideline after his injury, which could be an indication that his injury would not be long-term. However, Dumervil’s injury could be very damaging to the defense, as could the mounting injuries to the secondary. Terrell Suggs (Achilles injury) is already gone for the season, and he and Dumervil combined for 29 sacks last season. Meanwhile, imagine if Brooks, Webb, and Davis are all unable to play Week 6 against the 49ers. The Browns moved the ball up and down the field in the second half. The Ravens may not be able to stop the 49ers, or any other opponent, with a patchwork defense.

3. The Ravens generated offense without Steve Smith (back injury)

Without their leading receiver, the Ravens scored 30 points, which is usually enough. Give credit to Kamar Aiken (four catches, 78 yards) who has stepped up this season more than any other Ravens receiver not named Smith. However, the Ravens stalled out when it mattered most, settling for a field goal at the end of regulation, then going three-and-out on their first possession of OT. Not having Smith in those clutch moments really hurt.

4. Wide receiver Jeremy Ross gave the Ravens a major boost

Ross won’t be going back to the practice squad anytime soon. He had a 46-yard kickoff return, a 17-yard punt rerun, and caught two passes for 18 yards. The Ravens have found a returner, and another target for Flacco.

5. Browns quarterback Josh McCown is a problem for the Ravens

McCown beat Baltimore in 2013 when he was with the Bears. He did it again today, with a superb performance, throwing for 457 yards. McCown may not get respect everywhere, but he should get it from the Ravens.

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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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