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Ravens 'bouncing' into Week 5

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Ravens 'bouncing' into Week 5

Just how healthy are the Ravens?

When they took the field for practice Wednesday, everyone fully participated, and that includes oft-injured tackle Jah Reid who has been dealing with a calf injury since the summer. He had limited participation.

Quarterback Joe Flacco (ankle), receiver Torrey Smith (ankle), cornerback Lardarius Webb (knee), safety Bernard Pollard (ribs) and safety Ed Reed (hamstring) benefited from the the extra time off after all had soreness following a Thursday night game against the Cleveland Browns.

"The guys seem like they're bouncing around," coach John Harbaugh said.

Smith had six catches for 97 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland but hobbled off the field.

Running back Ray Rice, who has 317 yards on 64 carries, welcomed the chance to recharge. The Ravens played four games in 18 days to start the season. They have games at the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, at home the following week vs. the Dallas Cowboys and then at the Houston Texans before their actual bye week.

"I feel unbelievable right now. We wanted to use this as another bye," Rice said. "If you have a long weekend and played the amount of games we played in that short period of time, you want to use the extra couple of days like a bye weekend. That's what we did."

The Chiefs are a different story. Receiver Jon Baldwin (hamstring), cornerback Jalil Brown (hamstring), defensive end Glen Dorsey (calf), cornerback Brandon Flowers (heel), running back Peyton Hillis (ankle), linebacker Derrick Johnson (groin), defensive end Ropati Pitoitua (elbow) and receiver Devon Wylie (hamstring) were held out of practice Wednesday.

Safety Kendrick Lewis (shoulder) and guard Ryan Lilja (back) had limited participation.

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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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