SAN JOSE, Calif. – Ravens starting left tackle Eugene Monroe (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. James Hurst will likely start in place of Monroe, and the Ravens’ offensive line will need to play better than it did Week 1 against the Broncos.
Monroe left the game early last week, and Joe Flacco was sacked twice and hit 17 times. Broncos pass rushers DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller consistently beat the Ravens’ tackles with outside moves. Ravens coach John Harbaugh made it clear earlier in the week that he expects better play from Hurst and right tackle Rick Wagner. The Raiders have a solid pass rush featuring Khalil Mack, newly-acquired Aldon Smith, and Justin Tuck.
“Our tackles, they have to do a better job,” Harbaugh said. “They have to set square, and they have to punch on time. And when they do that, they’ll do well against anybody, and when you don’t do that, you’re not going to do well against anybody.”
Wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) will miss his second straight game, but he is the only other Raven listed as out. Cornerback Rashaan Melvin (thigh) and rookie wide receiver Darren Waller (ankle) were listed as questionable, while running back Justin Forsett (shoulder), defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee), and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) were probable.
For the Raiders, defensive tackle Justin Ellis (ankle) and defensive end Benson Mayowa (knee) were out; safety Charles Woodson (shoulder) was questionable; and quarterback Derek Carr (right hand) was probable.
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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.”
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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