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Ravens DE Urban cleared for return to practice, moves closer to debut

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Ravens DE Urban cleared for return to practice, moves closer to debut

Ravens second-year defensive end Brent Urban, who has missed the entire season with a torn biceps, has been cleared to practice, the team announced Monday. Urban has been removed from the injured list – designated to return, where he had been after suffering the injury during training camp. The Ravens have a 21-day window to activate Urban, or he will be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Injuries have plagued Urban since the Ravens drafted him in the fourth round last year. He suffered a torn ACL during training camp last year and missed his entire rookie season. However, the Ravens are intrigued by Urban’s size (6-foot-7, 295 pounds) and potential.  Assuming he stays healthy, Urban is expected to become part of the defensive line rotation.

“I don’t know if you’d say Brent Urban is going to be some kind of premier pass rusher,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said last week. “Maybe he’ll develop into that, and we’ll all be excited. But he’s going to pressure the quarterback. He’s going to get pushback. He’s going to get knockback. He’s going to create problems just because of his leverage and size, and he’s going to be definitely hard to throw the ball around. I think if nothing else, at the very least, he’s going to get batted balls, and that’s going to be good for us. He’s such a young player. We’re going to have to find out what kind of player he is once he gets out there and gets going again.”

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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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