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Ravens finally get a break


Ravens finally get a break

The Ravens will finally get a break after a tough early-season schedule.
Following Thursdays 23-16 victory over the Browns, a game where the Ravens had to grind out a decision over a stubborn Cleveland team that wouldnt go away, Baltimore now gets a few days off.
And the Ravens are looking forward to that down time.
Im tired, man, Ray Rice said when talking to the media after Thursdays game. I cant wait to have this weekend off. Four games, 17 days, 3-1. I just cant wait to have this weekend off. This win wasnt one of our prettier ones, but its a division win, and were alone in the top of our division. It feels good to come away with the win at home.
The Ravens have played three of their first four games at night, which is a little different from most contests, which teams play in the afternoon. After this, the Ravens will return to the earlier games for most of the rest of the season.
But first, the Ravens get a few days off and will then return next week to the type of weekly schedule they usually deal with.
Well be looking forward to a normal seven-day schedule, and weve got some 1 oclock games coming up, said coach John Harbaugh when talking to media after Thursday's game. So, we are looking forward to that.
The Ravens are fortunateespecially on offense to make it through these first four games without any major injuries. There are some players dealing with some smaller, more nagging injuries and now having 10 days before their next game (in Kansas City) lets them heal up a bit.
The schedule also wound up being tougher because the Ravens didnt play on Sunday afternoon but at night against the Patriots before coming back just four days later for this contest.
I thought we were fortunate to get both of the games home, so we didnt have to travel and something like that, said quarterback Joe Flacco. Its tough, its physically tough. Its good that we came out with a win and now we can get a couple of extra days to heal up and get ready to play Kansas City.

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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.