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Ravens, Chargers react to Smith's season-ending injury

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Ravens, Chargers react to Smith's season-ending injury

BALTIMORE -- The excitement of the Ravens’ last-second, 29-26 win over the Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday was somewhat muted by news that star wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. is lost for the season with a torn Achilles.

Smith was injured late in the third quarter as he ran after making a catch. He finished five catches for 82 yards. While Smith was treated on the field, players from both teams kneeled nearby.

As the Ravens (2-6) savored just their second win of the season – secured on Justin Tucker’s 39-yard field goal as time expired -- and looked forward to the coming bye week, the news about Smith weighed heavily on his teammates and the Chargers as well.

Here is some of the reaction from the locker room:

QB Joe Flacco: “I’m not afraid to say when you have a guy like that, what he means to this team, this organization, myself, what he’s done and just the kind of competitor he is … it’s probably a little tougher when you lose a guy like that.”

CB Lardarius Webb: “It’s sad. … He’s meant so much to this team. Just his leadership, the guy who he is, he teaches so much. He’s amazing, man. … Just a genuine guy, a competitor, a winner. We’re going to miss him.”

DT Timmy Jernigan: “It was definitely a blow. We know what Steve stood for. Steve is the toughest person I know. He’s the toughest person I’ve ever seen in my life. The dude’s tough as nails. I just pray everything works out for him.”

CB Asa Jackson: “That’s a guy that comes in and is just the epitome of a professional, but still one of the coolest and most fun guys to be around day to day. I’ve learned so much from him, not only on the field for Sundays, but off the field and how to live and how to treat people.”

LB Elvis Dumervil: “It’s tough, man, but in the NFL it happens. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We just have to keep going.”

WR Marlon Brown: “It’s heartbreaking.”

Chargers CB Brandon Flowers: “That’s hard. That’s hard to see because I respect Steve so much. You don’t want to see a guy like that go down for the rest of the season at all. That’s tough. That’s why our whole defense huddled around him, so much respect to what he’s put into the game.”

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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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