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Ravens camp, Day 3: Peaceful in pads


Ravens camp, Day 3: Peaceful in pads

OWINGS MILLS - Observations after the Ravens’ third practice of training camp, Saturday Aug. 1: 

- For the first day in pads, it was peaceful. 

No fights. And fortunately, no injuries that appeared serious. Safety Matt Elam left the field early for an undisclosed reason, and wide receiver Jeremy Butler got up slowly after diving for an attempted catch. But the Ravens handled the heat and contact well.

-  What’s up with wide receiver Marlon Brown? 

He missed practice after looking very good Friday. Head coach John Harbaugh did not give an update at the podium after practice, because it was the coordinators’ day to speak. Hopefully Brown will return Sunday, but it’s something to keep an eye one.

-  With Brown and Breshad Perriman (knee) out, other receivers stepped forward. 

Most notably, Jeremy Butler and Kamar Aiken. Butler seems to catch everything. That’s not a bad attribute for a wide receiver. It might be tough to keep more than six receivers on the final 53-man roster, but Butler is going to be a difficult cut if he keeps playing like this.

Aiken had a very strong day of practice. He was a surprise last year, and he’s showing it wasn’t a fluke. He can make plays lining up both outside, and in the slot. Aiken is making an early training camp argument to be part of the wide receiver mix on Sundays.

- John Urschel got plenty of reps at center.

Urschel looks like the backup center if something happens to Jeremy Zuttah.

- DT Timmy Jernigan returned to practice and went the distance in the heat, after leaving practice early Friday to receive an IV. That’s a good sign for the defensive line, with Jernigan being counted on heavily to help fill the void created by the departure of Haloti Ngata.

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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.