The Ravens made linebacker Courtney Upshaw their top pick in this year's draft. They grabbed him early in the second round and hoped for big things from him, especially because of the Terrell Suggs situation.
But that hasn't panned out. He's battled injury problems and got hurt again in Thursday's loss to the Rams in the team's final pre-season game.
The situation looks a bit like what happened with Sergio Kindle a few years ago. The team doesn't get the player till the second round -- and he winds up being the top pick that year -- and he has troubles.
Upshaw hasn't had an early time throughout the pre-season games. He hasn't been able to make much of an impact, or as much as he or the team would have liked, and coach John Harbaugh told the media Thursday that the linebacker now was scheduled to have an MRI on the balky shoulder on Friday.
The Ravens were hoping that he could help fill the hole at linebacker caused by the loss of Suggs, last year's NFL Defensive Player of the Year. For now, the question is going to be what the MRI shows on Friday, and how the Ravens handle it from there.
He came out of Thursday's game with the Rams in the first half and didn't get back in.
Upshaw is going through the problems a lot of rookies deal with -- injuries and adjusting to life at the next level. But the loss of Suggs put part of the linebacker situation into a bit of a mixed-up state. This could just add to it.
If Upshaw can't go, then Albert McClellan would probably start at that linebacker spot. There's still a lot of things up in the air in this situation. It's got to be frustrating for the Ravens-- and Upshaw also.
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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